Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) the master developer of ports and industrial zones in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and container terminal operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has recently celebrateda record number of containers handled through Khalifa Port in its first year of operation.
A million TEUs or containers have now been handled by container terminal operator ADT at Khalifa Port, since itscommercial opening at the end of 2012.
In October of this year, more than 100,000 TEUs passed through the port in just one month. These are very significant figuresfor Khalifa Port and the highest number of containers ever handled in a single month in the Emirate.
Mohamed Al Shamisi, Acting CEO ADPC said : ‘One million containers is animportant record for Abu Dhabi, not just Khalifa Port. It’s a great achievement for everyone working at the port, demonstrating that the container terminal operations are efficiently and effectively handling the growing import and export volumes that the port was designed for.’
Martijn Van de Linde, CEO,ADT, commented : “We are very proud of what we have accomplished over the past year. Surpassing the one million TEU markis very asignificant milestone in the development of Khalifa Port and a clear testamentto the efforts and hard work of our teams but even more so, the strong and loyal support we have witnessed from our ever growing customer base.”
Khalifa Port began commercial operations at the end of last year when all container traffic was transferred from the city centre port Zayed Port, to the new state of the art flagship Khalifa Port.
Zayed Port had been serving the emirate for more than 40 years, but had reached full capacity with no space to expand. When Zayed Port opened the shipping container- which has revolutionized global trade – was a very recent invention.
Introduced in the 1960s, the container is a brilliantly simple idea. Loaded in a factory, the steel