Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) achieved double digit growth in cargo handling at its main port in Mina Zayed during the first quarter of 2012, the company reported.
The port saw a 10 per cent growth in containers (177,147 TEU), a 16 per cent growth in general cargo and bulk (1,452,630 tonnes) and a 20 per cent increase in vehicle loads (18,770 vehicles).
Martijn Van de Linde, ADT’s CEO, said: “It is very rewarding to see the continued growth in cargo handling in Abu Dhabi. The vast majority of the nation’s international trade is seaborne, so this is also a good indication that Abu Dhabi’s population and economy are developing favourably and that the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 is on track.”
“At ADT we are the interface between Abu Dhabi’s businesses and the global markets. We have worked hard to ensure we offer the services needed, so I am proud to see the response from the importers and exporters. The growth also reaffirms that the decision to develop the new container terminal at Khalifa Port was right, and we are excited about opening the region’s first semi-automated facility in the fourth quarter of this year.”