May 13 - Abu Dhabi Ports has witnessed significant volume increases across its container, bulk and general cargo import and export trades in the first quarter of 2015.

The Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), saw a 35 percent year-on-year increase in volumes handled in the first quarter of 2015.

But the rise was not only seen in container traffic. General and bulk cargo volumes also increased by 32 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2014.

Abu Dhabi Ports ceo Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi commented on the rise: "Last year our general and bulk cargo increased by 37 percent over the entire year. This trend looks set to continue looking at our latest figures, as containers, general and bulk cargo have all increased by more than 30 percent to date. 

"This healthy growth is the result of increased import/export activity around various industrial development projects in the emirate and work resuming on some of the Emirates' major infrastructure projects." 

The vast majority of the emirate's ro-ro trade is now transiting the Khalifa Port ro-ro hub, which has also experienced some growth compared with 2014, with the first quarter of this year up by 4.7 percent.