Abu Dhabi Ports launches Gulf feeder services company

Abu Dhabi Ports launches Gulf feeder services company
The new UIG pendulum service

Abu Dhabi Ports has established a new feeder services company named Safeen Feeders in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line, as part of its strategy to meet growing trade demand within the Gulf region.

With long-term growth trends of regional manufacturing and trade volumes, the company will look to serve the Group’s mainliner shipping clients through increased connectivity and optimised shipping costs within and beyond the region.

Safeen Feeders will introduce a new feeder service linking Abu Dhabi to ports serving the UAE, the broader Gulf region and the Indian sub-continent. The service will be executed in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line through a vessel sharing agreement.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, stated: “said: “The launch of Safeen Feeders 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.

“With the addition of the new service, our shipping clients can expect efficient and cost-effective transhipment feeder solutions with ever-expanding regional and international reach and connectivity. These two elements are absolutely vital in today’s increasingly competitive international trade environment.”

The company’s pendulum service, called the UAE-Indian Sub-Continent Gulf Service (UIG), will be delivered by three 2,700 teu vessels (nominal capacity) via a 21-day rotation.

It will call at: Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Karachi; (Kandla); Mundra; Nhava Sheva; Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Bahrain; Dammam; Jubail; and, Khalifa Port.

The service will commence during week 27 with the first departure from Mundra is expected to take place on June 30, 2020.

In the medium term, the partners expect to expand the service to ports in the broader Gulf region. Over the long-term, the new company will explore further service opportunities at container terminals in the Red Sea and East Africa regions.