Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT), managed and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, has been rated as being among one of the fastest growing container ports in the world. These recognitions have been established within three years of operation and come closely on the heels of the scale and expansion of KPCT.
The Top 120 World Container Ports ranking lists KPCT as the third fastest growing container port in the world and the fastest growing port in the Middle East based on its 26% volume growth in 2014. Published since 2005 by Container Management magazine, KPCT entered the list last year by earning a spot in the top 10 of fastest growing container ports; a result which now has increased tremendously and confirms the strategic position played by Abu Dhabi in the context of global shipping.
Abu Dhabi Terminals attributed its rapid growth to the significant expansion of the Abu Dhabi industry as well as a substantial increase in the role it plays in regional transshipment combined with a steady rise in shipping lines calling at KPCT.
KPCT’s container throughput grew by 41% in the first seven months of 2015 indicating the expected growth of global trade in the years to come. Over the three years that Khalifa Port has been in operation, the terminal operator has placed itself in a competitive position in the region due to quick vessel and truck turnaround times and lower logistics cost to benefit port users.
Speaking about the ranking, Martijn van de Linde, CEO of Abu Dhabi Terminals, said: “We are extremely pleased with the vote of confidence given to us by our customers; both trade and shipping lines, which enables us to be recognised as one of the world’s fastest growing container ports. Our corporate philosophy remains focused on delivering excellent service to our customers and helping them lowering their supply chain costs while bringing their international markets closer to home.”
Located next to Kizad and 45 kilometres from Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi’s container terminal ships to more than 50 international direct destinations and offers almost 2.3 million square foot of warehousing directly located inside the container terminal area.