Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the Manager and Operator of Abu Dhabi’s four main commercial ports has said it has reached an agreement with a consortium of shipping companies to start a direct service between Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port and the ports of Mundra (Gujarat) and Nhava Sheva (Mumbai).

The move is expected to facilitate trade between the two countries.

Known as the IGI service, it will link the Arabian Peninsula to India and will add Abu Dhabi to its schedule.

“This service further strengthens the market profile of Khalifa Port Container Terminal, ensuring Abu Dhabi’s importers and exporters as well as trans-shipment customers receive fast and direct connectivity to two of the largest import/export hubs in India,” Martijn Van de Linde, the Chief Executive Officer of ADT said in a statement.

It also cements the growing importance of Khalifa Port Container Terminal as a regional and international shipping hub which offers an ever increasing network of main line and feeder services with direct access to the world’s major commercial centres, de Linde said.

(This article was published on February 14, 2013)
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