Port operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has unveiled plans to expand the existing facilities at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT).
Under the next phase of the expansion project that will stretch from 2016 to 2017, the container terminal will receive new equipment including three ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes and ten automated rail mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes to help meet the growing demands.
Abu Dhabi Terminals CEO Martijn van de Linde said: "KCPT is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers, as well as demonstrating that Khalifa Port offers a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to regional ports.
"We have also significantly developed our network, going from an initial five to a current 50 international destinations."
KPCT currently supports the local market with around 20 container line services that connect Khalifa industrial zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE with the world markets.
Initially, KPCT was designed to have a throughput capacity of 2.5 million TEU container traffic, but with the execution of the master plan, ADT expects to facilitate roughly 15 million TEUs when required.
In 2014, KCPT witnessed 26% volume growth when compared to the previous year.
In October this year, KPCT was ranked as third fastest growing container port in the world and the fastest growing port in the Middle East in the top 120 world container ports ranking lists.
Image: Khalifa Port Terminal was ranked as third fastest growing container port in the world and the fastest growing port in the Middle East, this year. Photo: Copyright © 2012 Abu Dhabi Terminals.