COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP)’s Abu Dhabi Terminal has launched a direct, weekly service to several ports across Europe and the Indian Subcontinent.
The new direct service will be served by a fleet of eight vessels on rotation, ranging in capacity between 10,000 to 13,000 teu.
Direct exports from Abu Dhabi to the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg, London, Antwerp and Le Havre will consist primarily of polymers while returning vessels will carry a mix of general and project cargo imports.
This new service will also benefit the ports of Karachi, Nhava Sheva and Mundra.
Naser Al Busaeedi, deputy CEO at CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, said: “More than a year on since CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal officially launched, we are now well-positioned to bring our direct service offering to a global audience.
“Our new services will significantly increase the movement of cargo exports and imports between Abu Dhabi, Europe and India, providing our customers with solutions to tackle their international shipment needs, as well as the opportunity to target new markets.”
CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is the company’s first overseas greenfield project, operating from Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deep-water port Khalifa Port, and CSP has a 35-year agreement, with the terminal having been established as part of a 35-year agreement.
Mohamed Eidha Tannaf Al Menhali, acting director at Khalifa Port, said: “This new dedicated service marks an important strategic step in Abu Dhabi Ports’ vision to transform Khalifa Port’s end-to-end logistics capability.
“The ability to connect with some of the world’s most important maritime hubs in Europe and the Northwest Indian Subcontinent will enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a leading facilitator and enabler of global trade in the 21st century.”
Since its inception, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal has facilitated the local manufacturing, warehousing and logistic services.
The direct services are expected to lend additional support to customers across the region and clients of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) through providing faster transit and competitive rates for their import and export activities.
It is expected to increase CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal’s weekly handling cargo and is also expected to help add more feeder services from the facility.
The AED1.1bn (US$299.5m) deepwater semi-automated container terminal marked several milestones in April 2020 including the handling of over 540,000 teu.
CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal will continue to monitor the performance of its direct service to Europe, along with other service patterns and, based on market conditions and business requirements, it will consider adjustments to vessel deployment, port calls and even the launch of other regional services.