Abu Dhabi Ports Co (ADPC) expects a surge in shipping traffic towards the end of this year, as work on major infrastructure projects in the capital gathers pace, the company’s chief executive said.
Container traffic at Khalifa Port is expected to climb to about 1.1 million containers this year, up 22 per cent from 905,000 containers last year, when traffic rose 17 per cent. Meanwhile, general and bulk cargo traffic at Khalifa and Zayed ports combined is expected to top 12 million tonnes this year, up from 9.3 million tonnes last year and roughly the same volume in 2012.
The company is expecting a big rise in the last quarter of this year in general and project cargo, because most of the vital projects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be maturing.
Khalifa Port, built on a man-made island roughly halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, came on-stream in 2012 after Zayed Port, which had been serving Abu Dhabi for over 40 years, reached full capacity.