UAE’s Khalifa Port bags ‘Top 5’ rank on World Bank & S&P’s CPPI metric

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi Ports Group (AD Ports Group)’s flagship deep-water port, Khalifa Port has been awarded a “Top Five” rank on the position on the Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The ranking is based on the time a vessel needs to spend in port to complete workloads over the course of 2021, one of the most challenging years in the history of logistics which witnessed unprecedented port congestion and disruption to global supply chains due to the impact of the COVID-19.

More than 80 percent of the global merchandise trade by volume is carried by sea. Approximately 35 percent of total volumes and over 60 percent of commercial value is shipped in containers, making the Index an important global economic indicator.

As per the report, the use of digital technology and green fuel alternatives are two major avenues through which nations across the globe are modernizing their ports and making maritime supply chains more resilient. The Index reveals that Khalifa Port excelled on both of those frontiers.

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“This ranking is another indicator of the high levels of performance that customers are receiving at Khalifa Port, with the full support of AD Ports Group’s integrated business clusters. We have recognized the pressure that global supply chains are under and have worked hard to create efficiencies and new synergies in every area. At the direction of our nation’s wise leadership, we will continue to drive world-class performance levels at all our facilities.”

Sharing his comments on the occasion, Mr. Saif Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, remarked that, “Khalifa Port is at the cutting-edge of innovation and investment, to support world trade and the growth and diversification of the UAE economy. We have deployed a leading team of professionals and cutting-edge technology at Khalifa Port including automatic stacking cranes, aerial drones, and an automated Terminal Operation System. This has enabled us to deliver the highest standards of service, and we continue to deploy new innovations to ensure the best possible customer experience.”

Modernization Efforts 

The Ports Group has continuously invested in innovative technologies throughout 2022, to ensure it maintains its cutting-edge.

Maqta Gateway, AD Ports Group’s digital solutions provider, offers 160+ digitalized services to stakeholders and customers at Khalifa Port, boosting overall efficiency and enabling faster turnaround times.

On the other hand, the CSP Abu Dhabi container terminal (CSP) operating within Khalifa Port is the first terminal in the Middle East to implement an autonomous port truck system, deploying electric Q-Trucks to support mother vessel loading and unloading activities within the facility’s container yard.

Four of the five most efficient ports in the ranking are based in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port, Port Salalah in Oman and Hamad Port in Qatar joining Khalifa Port at the top.

Container Port Performance Index

The Container Port Performance Index is based on total port hours per ship call, defined as the elapsed time between when a ship reaches a port to its departure from the berth having completed its cargo exchange.

Greater or lesser workloads are accounted for by examining the underlying data within ten different call size ranges. Five distinct ship size groups are accounted for in the methodology given the potential for greater fuel and emissions savings on larger vessels.

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