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Abu Dhabi’s KPCT sees strong first quarter volumes

Abu Dhabi’s KPCT sees strong first quarter volumes
On the back of strong ro-ro volume growth last year, Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) has seen 35% growth in box volumes in the first quarter of the year.

First quarter container movement grew year-on-year from over 224,000 teu in 2014 to just over 302,000 in 2015. General and bulk cargo increased 32% in the same period.

New services, including Taiwan's Wan Hai Lines, which made its first call in February in a three-day service between KPCT and Karachi, have boosted throughput at the facility.

Abu Dhabi Ports has over 36 shipping lines calling at its ports and more than 100 direct connections to global ports.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, ceo, Abu Dhabi Ports, said that while general and bulk cargo increased by 37% in 2014, they had grown by more than 30% year-to-date.

"This healthy growth is the result of increased import and export activity around various industrial development projects in the emirate, and work resuming on some of the emirate's major infrastructure projects,” he said.

Ro-ro volumes were up 4.7% in the first quarter, after rising 19% last year.