Operating from Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship deepwater Khalifa port, the new direct service will connect Rotterdam, Hamburg, London, Antwerp, Le Havre, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, and Mundra, served by eight vessels with capacity between 10,000 teu to 13,000 teu.
Naser Al Busaeedi, deputy ceo of CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, said: “Our new services will significantly increase the movement of cargo exports and imports between Abu Dhabi, Europe and India, providing our customers with solutions to tackle their international shipment needs, as well as the opportunity to target new markets.”
Direct exports from Abu Dhabi to the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg, London, Antwerp, and Le Havre, will consist primarily of polymers while returning vessels will carry a mix of general and project cargo imports. The ports of Karachi, Nhava Sheva, and Mundra will also benefit from the new service.
The direct services are expected to lend additional support to customers across the region and clients of the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), providing faster transit and competitive rates for their import and export activities.
With expectations that the new offering will increase CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal’s weekly handling of cargo, the development is also expected to help add more feeder services from CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal.
In April 2020, the first anniversary of its soft launch, CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal’s AED1.1bn ($300m) deepwater semi-automated container terminal marked several milestones including the handling of over 540,000 teu.
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