As part of its strategy to meet growing trade demands within the Gulf region and also serve mainliner shipping clients, Abu Dhabi Ports has established a new feeder services company, SAFEEN FEEDERS that aims to facilitate increased connectivity between Abu Dhabi and ports serving the UAE, the broader Gulf region and Indian subcontinent.
Executed in partnership with one of the world’s most renowned feeder service operator, Bengal Tiger Line (BTL), SAFEEN FEEDERS will introduce a new feeder service called the UAE-Indian subcontinent Gulf Service (UIG), allowing for a timely and efficient exchange of container cargo between mainliner vessels and the vessels within the rotation calling at nine regional ports located across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Western India.
SAFEEN FEEDERS’ pendulum service will be delivered by three 2,700 TEU vessels (nominal capacity) via the following 21-day rotation calling: Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Karachi; Kandla; Mundra; Nhava Sheva; Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Bahrain; Dammam; Jubail; and, Khalifa Port.
The service will commence officially with the first departure from Mundra expected to take place on June 30, 2020.
In the medium term, Abu Dhabi Ports and Bengal Tiger Line 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.