Abu Dhabi Ports moves Ro-ro operations to Khalifa Port to triple cars capacity

Khalifa Port has a capacity of about 360,000 vehicles a year – nearly three times that of Zayed Port.

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Abu Dhabi Ports Company has completed the transfer of its entire roll-on-roll-off (Roro) operations to Khalifa Port from Zayed Port, the ports operator said.

Khalifa Port has a capacity of about 360,000 vehicles a year – nearly three times that of Zayed Port, Mohamed Al Shamisi, the chief executive of ADPC, said last month.

There are also plans to expand capacity to more than 500,000 vehicles a year.

Last year Abu Dhabi’s ports handled a record 106,071 units as Roro volumes grew by 18.8 per cent compared with 2013, and Mr Al Shamisi said he expects this growth to exceed 25 per cent this year.

“As the UAE is a growing market for the automotive sector, our business strategy is to support this growth by developing and enhancing Abu Dhabi’s port infrastructure,” said Mr Al Shamisi.

Khalifa Port, which is located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is banking on additional throughput capacity to allow its customers to cater to the GCC region, Africa and India.

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