CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal has announced the start of a new direct, weekly service to a number of ports across Europe and the Subcontinent. Operating from Khalifa Port, the service will be maintained by a fleet of eight vessels ranging in capacity between 10,000 teu to 13,000 teu.
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 port calls made by the new service.
Mohamed Eidha Tannaf Al Menhali, Acting Director, Khalifa Port, said: “The ability to connect with some of the world’s most important maritime hubs in Europe and the Northwest Subcontinent will enhance Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a leading facilitator and enabler of global trade. Not only does this announcement bolster our existing partnership with Cosco Shipping Ports (CSP), but it also ensures our other customers will be well positioned to broaden their horizons by engaging with new trading and logistics opportunities.”
The new service is expected to significantly increase CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal’s weekly cargo volumes. As a result the initiative is also expected to help add more feeder services to connect the terminal to regional markets.
CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal says it will monitor the performance of its direct service to Europe and according to market response and customer requirements it will make adjustments to vessel deployment and port calls. Furthermore, the launch of other regional services will be considered if this initiative is successful.