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Khalifa Port\ s productivity grows by over a third.

Productivity at Abu Dhabi's Khalifa port was more than a third higher in September 2014 than during the same month two years ago.

The 36% rise in crane productivity reflects the fact that now fewer than 34 gross moves per hour (GMPH) are currently taking place at the UAE port, compared to the 25 GMPH that were taking place when operations commenced in September 2012.

The logistics hub has also succeeded in attracting three new shipping lines, adding 12 direct links to its destination ports, and completing the first phase of Kizad Logistics Park (KLP).

"We are very proud of what we have accomplished within such a short timeframe," said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive officer of Khalifa Port's operator, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) .

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"This not only confirms our financial investments and hard work, but [also] Khalifa Port's massive potential in terms of productivity and service offerings for the years to come," he added.

Since 2013, the number of direct links from Khalifa Port to destination ports across the globe has risen by 12, from 40 to 52. Over the course of just one year, the port increased its total number of shipping lines from 17 to 20.

Just two years after the start of commercial operations, the ADPC port is ranked number five in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, according to a report published by the Journal of Commerce (JOC).

"Apart from its ultra-modern infrastructure and excellent market access to 4.5bn people within four time zones, a major advantage of Khalifa port is its proximity to Kizad ," said Al Shamisi.

"Both Khalifa Port and Kizad offer an unprecedented intermodal transportation network, as well as optimum supply chain and logistics efficiencies," he explained.

The first phase of KLP's three phases is now complete. Phase two, which will add a further 32 warehouse units to the site, is expected to be launched in 2015. When finished, the logistics part will provide a total area of approximately 120,000m 2 .

"The completion of phase one of the Kizad Logistics Park adds to our success story, and marks a further breakthrough in the development of our infrastructures," said Al Shamisi.

"Khalifa Port and Kizad are cornerstones of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, a vision that not only inspires us in our daily work, but represents a clear road map for the future of this beautiful and flourishing country," he concluded.

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Publication:Construction Week
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Date:Oct 19, 2014
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