Abu Dhabi (Al Ittihad)
The Cosco Abu Dhabi Container Terminal, the first terminal to be established by the Cosco Maritime Ports Company Ltd., a subsidiary of the Cosco Maritime Company outside China, announced the launch of direct service to a number of ports in Europe and the Indian subcontinent in weekly sessions.
The new service was launched from Khalifa Port, by operating a fleet of 8 ships with a capacity ranging between 10,000 and 13,000 TEUs per vessel, in weekly rounds that transport Abu Dhabi’s plastic exports to the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg, London, Antwerp, and Le Havre, then It returns with imports from general and bulk cargo and cargo shipments intended for projects. The new service also includes the ports of Karachi, Nava Sheva and Mundra.
Nasser Al Busaidi, Executive Vice President of the Abu Dhabi Cosco Container Terminal, said: “After more than a year has passed since the establishment of the Cosco Abu Dhabi Container Terminal, and in light of the outstanding performance we have achieved, we are ready to expand the scope of our direct services to reach the largest international ports, which effectively contributes to stimulating The activity of import and export operations between Abu Dhabi, Europe and India, to meet the requirements of our customers, and to provide solutions that support international shipping operations, and allow access to new markets.
Muhammad Eida Tanaf Al Minhali, Director of Khalifa Port Administration, “Abu Dhabi Ports”, pointed to the importance of this new service, as it is a valuable addition that contributes to achieving the vision of “Abu Dhabi Ports” to enhance the ability of Khalifa Port to provide integrated logistical services.
He said: “Connecting Khalifa Port directly to the most important maritime trade centers in Europe and the Indian subcontinent will contribute to consolidating the leadership of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the field of enabling global trade, and will support the growth of our customers’ business and facilitate their access to global markets, in addition to strengthening our strategic partnership with the Cosco Maritime Ports Company Ltd. , Which has a proven track record of success.
Since its inception, the Cosco Abu Dhabi Container Terminal has strongly supported the growth of the manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
It also supported the strengthening of the presence of dealers in these sectors in the markets of the Middle East, Africa, and other global markets.
With the launch of the new service, the Cosco Abu Dhabi Container Terminal will provide added value to customers of Khalifa Industrial City in Abu Dhabi, by providing them with direct connectivity to global markets at a competitive cost.
The new service is expected to contribute to an increase in the number of containers handled per week at the terminal, according to market needs, in addition to an increase in the number of transshipment vessels that are operated from the terminal.
The Cusco Abu Dhabi Container Terminal is the first facility of the Cosco Maritime Ports Limited, a subsidiary of the Cosco Maritime Company, outside of China, and it was established under a 35-year concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and the Cosco Maritime Ports Company Ltd., to be a regional hub for Cusco’s network of ports, which includes 37 Port around the world.
COSCO Abu Dhabi Containers, which was established with an investment of 1.1 billion dirhams, is characterized by being semi-automatic and equipped with a deep berth that qualifies it to receive the largest container ships in the world. It has achieved a remarkable achievement in the volume of container handling that has reached more than 540,000 TEUs since the start of the pilot phase of the terminal.