AD Ports Group Celebrates 9 Years of Khalifa Port's Success
AD Ports Group celebrated the ninth anniversary of Khalifa Port with the announcement that it has reached its highest-ever position at number 56 in the 2021 Lloyd’s List Top 100 ranking.
Lloyds List highlights that Khalifa Port was one of only a handful of ports in the world to achieve double-digit volume growth over the past year.
The port is regional hub for some of the world’s top shipping companies, such as COSCO SHIPPING Ports and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.
This growth is set to continue thanks to the recent agreement signed in September 2021, between AD Ports Group and CMA CGM Group, to build a new terminal in Khalifa Port with an initial capacity of 1.8 million TEUs.
The terminal will provide CMA CGM with a new regional focal point, making Khalifa Port a hub for three of the world’s top four shipping companies.
Growth has also been driven by Khalifa Port’s proximity to KIZAD, Abu Dhabi’s integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub.
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: "Khalifa Port continues to expand in response to the ongoing market demand and at the direction of the leadership of Abu Dhabi, which has prioritised diversification and economic growth.
"Even during the challenging conditions that we saw at the start of the global pandemic, we continued to sustain volume growth and continued to develop new facilities to boost capacity.
"As our expansion programme continued, we have deployed cutting-edge technology and innovations to ensure that our operations are smart, sustainable and contribute to our mission to reimagine global trade and logistics."
Khalifa Port was developed from a stretch of reclaimed land four kilometres out to sea and is now a major hub serving more than 25 shipping lines with direct links to 70 international destinations.
Development continues across all service areas to create a truly multipurpose port, in response to ongoing and exponential business demand. For general and bulk cargo South Quay is now operational, and great progress has been made on the South Quay Wall, with the majority of landside works completed. In addition, work on Khalifa Port Logistics continues, with landslide works progressing well and infrastructure in place for the new Arabian Chemical Terminals commercial liquid and gas storage facility.
Work is continuing apace on the dedicated Khalifa Port Etihad Rail Terminal, which will connect the port to the national rail network. In November, Etihad Rail announced that it had completed 50 percent of the marine rail bridge construction to connect Khalifa Port with the network.
Other recent achievements include the announcement that CSP Abu Dhabi terminal is the first container terminal in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system.
A total of six electric Q-Trucks have been commissioned to support mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard.