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Abu Dhabi Ports box liftings surge 47pc to record 2.5m TEU in 2019


ABU Dhabi Ports (ADP) has ended 2019 with impressive year-to-date results and recording-breaking milestones, underlining the company's continued contribution to the UAE's non-oil GDP.

Two of these milestones were achieved in the first eleven months of the year, during which the company handled more than 20 million tonnes of general cargo across all ports, surpassing its 2018 full-year performance of 19.7 million, while its container handling performance reached 2.5 million TEU, surpassing the 1.7 million TEU result for entire 2018.

ADP operates eleven ports and terminals, including cruise facilities.

"These achievements were bolstered largely by the growth in cargo handling performance at both Musaffah Port and Khalifa Port. From January through November, the former reported a 300 per cent year-on-year increase, while the latter saw a 25 per cent growth year on year. Container throughput at Khalifa Port also rose by 63 per cent year on year during the same period," ADP stated.

Also in December, ADP took delivery of two new ZPMC STS cranes at its multi-purpose facility Fujairah Terminals as part of its ongoing AED1 billion (US$272.3 million) expansion programme. The company says the cranes will boost capacity by 500,000 TEU at Fujairah.

"The arrival of these two new quay cranes is an exciting development in the ongoing expansion of operations at Fujairah Terminals. The ambitious expansion plan underscores our commitment to continuing development of a world-class infrastructure capable of facilitating global trade and logistics and will contribute to the UAE's economic growth," said AbdulAziz Al Balooshi, acting CEO at Fujairah Terminals, reports WorldCargo News, Leatherhead, Surrey, UK.

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