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Trustworthy.ae Group breaks ground on ICD and 3PL facilities in KIZAD

Mobilisation work on both projects expected to begin later this month

The Trustworthy.ae Group has broken ground on its first inland container depot (ICD) and third-party logistics (3PL) facilities in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). Hayleys Advantis Limited will manage and operate the two facilities.

The facilities are located close to Khalifa Port and will serve the expected growth in container volumes from the current 1.5m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), to 8.5m in the next five years.

According to a statement, mobilisation work on the facilities will begin this month. The 3PL facility will spread over 40,000sqm and will have 25,000sqm of open yard for storage. The facility is expected to open for business in Q1, 2020.

The ICD facility will offer washing, cleaning, repairs and certification for containers, with an operational capacity of 1,500 to 1,800 trucks per day. Major and minor container repairs will be served by a workshop within the facility. The 3PL operations will cater to cold, ambient and open yard storage and is scheduled for completion in June 2019, the company said.

“Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks an important milestone on our project. Trustworthy.ae Group’s investment in building the ICD and 3PL facility in KIZAD demonstrates our continued commitment to the UAE. We are proud to collaborate with Hayleys Advantis Limited on this exceptional project who are leaders in managing and providing world-class depot and logistics facilities. We are confident that Hayleys Advantis will set a new benchmark for quality and service in the Middle East region,” said Abdul Lathif, MD of Trustworthy.ae Group.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports; Samir Chaturvedi, CEO of KIZAD; Abdul Lathif, MD of Trustworthy.ae Group; Jalal Essudeen, executive director at Trustworthy.ae Group; Mohan Pandithage, chairman of Hayleys Group; Ruwan Waidyaratne, MD of Hayleys Advantis Limited along with other VIPs.

Chaturvedi added, “We are pleased to celebrate the ground-breaking of Trustworthy.ae Group’s first Inland Container Depot and third-party logistics facility – two major developments that will support the trade of goods to and from Abu Dhabi across a wide spectrum of industries. The investment of Sri Lanka’s leading logistics firm at our industrial zone is testament to KIZAD’s established position as a global industrial and trading hub. The vast scale of these new facilities, along with the expansion of Khalifa Port and surrounding transport infrastructure, will support the growth of container volumes across the region over the coming years.”

Waidyaratne concluded, “We are indeed delighted to be partnering the Trustworthy.ae Group on this project and look forward to serving the Abu Dhabi clientele. This being our first project in the Middle Eastern region, we are intent on making a meaningful impact by utilizing the experience and expertise we have developed over the years, by operating in multiple countries in the Asian region.”

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