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Operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) has announced that Khalifa Port Container Terminal is ready for the next phase of its expansion that will see its annual handling capacity surge to 2.5mn twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) from the current 1.9mn TEU

khalifaport Khalifa Port Container Terminal is currently on 78 per cent of its handling capacity. (Image source: Abu Dhabi Ports)

As part of the revamp, three new ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes and 10 automated rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) cranes will be added to the facility in 2016 and 2017 to keep up with demand for services, according to port operator Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT).

It is currently on 78 per cent of its handling capacity and the next two years will see ADT enhancing its operational readiness through infrastructural development to meet the expected growth of the local and regional industry.

As the year?s end approaches, it?s forecasted that a total of 1.5mn TEUs containers have been handled at Khalifa Port Container Terminal in 2015, up from 1.14mn in 2014.

ADT chief executive Martijn van de Linde said, ?Khalifa Port 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 it 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.

?Through collaboration and diversification of our services, ADT maintains its mission to innovate constantly and continue our growth momentum.?

In three years of operation, traffic through the Khalifa Port Container Terminal has grown at the fastest pace among all container terminals in the Middle East, experiencing double-digit yearly growth and doubling the volume of containers handled.

ADT has made significant investments in a polymer packing plant and 213,676 sqm of warehousing inside the port, offering value-added supply chain services and increasing speed and reliability for shipping lines and trade customers.