Abu Dhabi Ports has moved all of its RoRo cargo to the new Khalifa Port RoRo hub, in an effort to improve customer service.
Abu Dhabi handled more than 100,000 units of RoRo in 2014, recording an all-time high of 106,071. According to the Port, cargo volumes increased by 18.8% over 2013.
Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: "Over recent years, Abu Dhabi’s RoRo business has increased significantly, today it forms an important element of the Emirate’s strategic vision to diversify the economy.
"As the UAE is a growing market for the automotive sector, our business strategy is to support this growth by developing and enhancing Abu Dhabi’s port infrastructure, to build this sustainable industry for the Emirate’s future prosperity."
Khalifa Port’s RoRo hub has the capacity to serve the wider, regional RoRo markets of the GCC region, Africa and the Indian sub-continent.
The current annual capacity of Khalifa Port is nearly 360,000 vehicle units a year, with plans to extend this to more than 500,000 in future.
Khalifa Port is also capable of handling up to four of the largest RoRo vessels at a time, double that of Zayed Port.
Its proximity to the Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) is a significant advantage for the port.
The availability of land within the logistics and distribution area of the industrial zone will enable automobile dealers to establish distribution centres capable of serving the entire UAE, Abu Dhabi Ports said.
Image: Abu Dhabi Ports handles all-time high of 106,071 vehicle units in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports.