UAE-based company Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Ports, has opened a dedicated container freight facility at Khalifa Port.

The facility is expected to reduce trucking of EGA’s aluminium within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) situated near Khalifa Port by over 290,000km annually, lowering costs and environmental emissions.

Purpose built by Abu Dhabi Ports, the new facility will be used to load metal into containers for transfer onto ships for export.

Situated close to EGA’s Al Taweelah site, the facility will be able to reduce the trucking distance for each consignment by around 17km.

EGA managing director and CEO Abdulla Kalban said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our efficiency, saving costs and protecting the environment.

“Relatively small changes like this can have a big impact when they are magnified by the scale of EGA’s business.”

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“Relatively small changes like this can have a big impact when they are magnified by the scale of EGA’s business.”

Last year, EGA transported nearly 600,000t of aluminium from Khalifa Port, requiring over 17,000 truck movements from EGA’s site to the quayside.

With the new facility, EGA is set to cut down the journey time to waiting ships and reduce the level of emissions by over 2,000t of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per year.

Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: “At Abu Dhabi Ports, we strive to support our customers’ logistical and operational requirements through careful and forward planning of infrastructure.

“We are making every effort to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by reducing the distance of trucks transporting aluminium from Emirates International Aluminium to the quayside, which adds value both commercially and environmentally.”

EGA currently uses 20 different shipping lines to export its metal to customers in more than 60 countries worldwide and to over 70 ports across the globe.