Exhibiting at stand H1, ADPC will particularly spotlight Khalifa Port that commenced commercial operations on 1 September, 2012. ADPC will additionally highlight its commitment to sustainable developments and projects that positively contribute to Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP.
Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, Executive Vice-President, Ports’ Unit, ADPC, will deliver a keynote address on the opening day.
Hosting the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, Khalifa Port will also be the region’s first port with on-dock rail access when Etihad Rail becomes operational in 2016. Located at Taweelah midway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Khalifa Port is adjacent to Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and offers shipping lines the opportunity to increase their market share in one of the fastest-growing markets in the MENA region, in addition to fuelling new business and trading opportunities.
Speaking ahead of the event, Captain Shamisi said: “Abu Dhabi Ports Company is witnessing an exciting growth trajectory. In addition to the growth in vessel traffic by 16 per cent in as compared to 2011, key projects have been delivered. The commencement of commercial activities at Khalifa Port has positioned us in a comfortable position to achieve our objective of supporting economic diversification in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. The new port will help grow imports into Abu Dhabi and boost the export of indigenous products from the emirate.”
Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2012 will feature an exhibition of the latest maritime infrastructure. It will also host a series of conferences that address topical industry concerns such as commercial marine, offshore, ports, piracy and energy services. Gathering a high profile audience of regional and international experts, the biennial event serves as an ideal sales and networking platform.
Captain Shamsi added: “Seatrade Middle East Maritime comes at a time when we are seeking to highlight our maritime offerings. The event is particularly awaited for its showcase of advanced industry-related technology and infrastructure developments. While sharing our experience of operating a world-class ports company, we are also looking forward to gaining rich perspectives from conference panelists on the concerns that face the industry.”
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) is a master developer of ports and industrial zones. ADPC’s assets include the main ports of Mina Zayed and Musaffah Port, along with Musaffah Channel. In addition, ADPC’s portfolio includes six ports in the Western region as far as Al Sila adjacent to the UAE-Saudi border. As a major maritime facility, ADPC is committed to building a diverse reserve of national resources in technology, know-how and human capital.