ABU Dhabi Ports has established a new feeder services company named Safeen Feeders in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line (BTL), as part of its strategy to meet growing trade demand within the Gulf region.
Safeen Feeders will introduce a new feeder service linking Abu Dhabi to ports serving the UAE, the broader Gulf region and the Indian sub-continent. The service will be executed in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line through a vessel sharing agreement.
The company's pendulum service, called the UAE-Indian Sub-Continent Gulf Service (UIG), will be delivered by three 2,700 TEU vessels (nominal capacity) via a 21-day rotation.
It will call at: Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Port, Karachi, (Kandla), Mundra, Nhava Sheva, Khalifa Port, Jebel Ali Port, Bahrain, Dammam, Jubail and returning Khalifa Port.
The service will commence during week 27 with the first departure from Mundra and is expected to take place on June 30, 2020, according to media reports.
In the medium term, the partners expect to expand the service to ports in the broader Gulf region. Over the long-term, the new company will explore further service opportunities at container terminals in the Red Sea and East Africa regions.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports: "With the addition of the new service, our shipping clients can expect efficient and cost-effective transshipment feeder solutions with ever-expanding regional and international reach and connectivity. These two elements are absolutely vital in today's increasingly competitive international trade environment.
"By partnering with Bengal Tiger Line, we are not only growing our Abu Dhabi Ports family and creating mutually positive solutions, but we are also significantly broadening our product and service offering to our valued clients and enhancing our contribution to Abu Dhabi's non-oil economy."
Bill Smart, chief executive of BTL, commented: "We are excited to be partnering with Abu Dhabi Ports in developing feeder solutions for the region and look forward to jointly promoting Safeen Feeders' services in conjunction with our own BTL brand."