ADPC saw its port traffic rise 16 per cent in vessel movements from 19,434 between January and September 2011 to 22,477 in the same period this year.
The largest increase was for roll-on-roll-off (RORO) traffic, vehicles driven on and off ships either as trucks carrying goods or vehicles being imported for sale within the UAE. Traffic in this area increased by 41 percent over the last year.
Other areas of growth were for container units handled, known as TEUs, which grew by four per cent from 537,124 to 559,786 units. Cruise liner passenger figures increased by six per cent, up from 107,560 in 2011 to 113,902 in 2012. Levels of bulk and general cargo also grew by five per cent, from 6.5 million to 6.8 million tons.
Commenting on the growth figures, Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, Executive Vice President, Ports’ Unit, ADPC said: “Port activity is often seen as a bellwether of the general economic climate and these excellent figures reflect the strength of the Abu Dhabi economy with its strong levels of consumer spending. It is great to see our customers placing more business with ADPC following major investments in our new flagship Khalifa Port, as well as at other ports, and at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).