AD Ports Group’s SAFEEN Feeders has launched a new UAE-China service, deploying a recently purchased container ship, SAFEEN Power, with a capacity of 3,400 TEUs.
The monthly service will connect the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Qingdao and Ningbo directly to Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, opening up an important new trade route.
This will be SAFEEN Feeders’ first service to call in China as the company continues to expand its global reach. Recently, SAFEEN Feeders announced that it will support the new India East Coast Express 2 service, which connects Singapore, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Chennai, India.
China is among the UAE’s top trading partners, with bilateral trade between China and the UAE exceeding $75.6 billion in 2021.
Additionally, around 6,000 Chinese companies currently operate in the UAE, with a large Chinese population working mainly in the infrastructure and energy sectors.
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Captain Ammar Mubarak Al Shaiba, Acting CEO – Maritime Cluster and SAFEEN Group, AD Ports Group, said: “The launch of a new service to China, which is one of the most important markets for the Arab Emirates united, reflects our global vision of the expansion of maritime services.
“AD Ports Group has the vessels and expertise to support new trade routes for our customers, and we will continue to improve our capacity and service portfolio.
“China-UAE trade is expected to continue to grow significantly in the coming period, and this monthly service will enable faster delivery times and greater efficiency.”
Since its launch in 2020, SAFEEN Feeders has grown rapidly, bringing global container capacity to over 600,000 TEUs/year.
Its container services support major shipping lines and their customers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan and India, and are now expanding into new routes.
In total, SAFEEN Feeders now operates on five routes, with the new UAE/China and Singapore/Chennai/Colombo services joining the UAE/Sudan service launched in 2022, and the coastal UAE/Oman and UAE/India/Gulf services introduced earlier.
The SAFEEN group offers a full range of port and maritime services, transhipment, offshore and subsea logistics and feeders.
It deploys a team of professionals and a fleet of state-of-the-art vessels to ensure that a full range of maritime logistics, solutions and services are operated efficiently and with maximum efficiency.
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