Abu Dhabi Ports established a new feeder services company as it looks to improve connectivity between the region's ports and serve trade in the region.
Safeen Feeders will introduce a new service linking Abu Dhabi to other ports in the UAE, the Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent.
The service will be executed in partnership with feeder service operators Bengal Tiger Line through a vessel sharing agreement, Abu Dhabi Ports said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
The new feeder service will allow for a timely exchange of container cargo between vessels and will call at nine regional ports located across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Western India.
“The launch of Safeen Feeder significantly strengthens our ability to enhance the competitiveness of our growing base of global customers, and helps our region meet international demands as a trade and logistics hub connecting east and west," said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Abu Dhabi Ports and Bengal Tiger Line said they expect to expand the service to include more ports in the Gulf region in the medium term.
Meanwhile, the company is looking to service container terminals in the Red Sea and East Africa regions over the long term.