Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) in Abu Dhabi has increased its throughput in 2014 by 26% to 1.14m teu.
In 2013, the port was the 118th biggest container port in the world, according to CM’s World Top 120 Container Ports 2014, and it can expect to move significantly up the rankings when it is published again in July.
The port, which began operations in 2012, is characterised by a high level of automation and handles all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic, after its transfer from the historic city centre Port of Zayed.
Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), who operate the terminal, said in a statement that productivity was up to 34 crane moves per hour (GMPH) and KPCT was named in the top ten growing container terminals in the world.
The CEO of ADT Martijn van de Linde said that the company will continue to work on the terminal’s expansion plans and further automation.
He continued that more than 20 weekly container line services visit the terminal with links to more than 50 international destinations.
The first phase of Khalifa Port’s construction has a capacity of 2.5m teu.
The next phase of expansion will be initiated when the port judges market demand to be sufficient.
When all phases are completed, the terminal has a planned capacity of 15m teu.
In November 2014, ADT signed a loan agreement of AED300m (US$81m) to invest in the facility.
In June 2014, ADT signed a contract with plastics manufacturer Borouge to build and operate a packaging facility for its exports at the port.