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Hamad Port steadily growing

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 | 00:00

Doha’s Hamad Port, one of the largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, has witnessed a significantly greater level of activities since the beginning of the economic blockade on Qatar by four countries on June 5, 2017.

Sources in the shipping industry said the port, which formally opened for operations with the arrival of a large 14,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) vessel belonging to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in December 2016, has witnessed steep growth in the volume of containers handled.

While it took the port almost 14 months since its start to reach the 1mn-TEU mark in February this year, it is expected that the facility is likely to hit the same mark in less than a year if volume handled from March until now is any indication.

Expectations are that the container volume handled at the port would be anywhere between 1.2mn and 1.3mn TEUs, from March 2018 and February 2019.

“The cargo volume at the port has been very encouraging throughout the past year, and there has been a remarkable growth in businesses as each month passes,” said a senior official of a global shipping firm, whose company also has extensive operations in Qatar.

While the previous highest volume of containers handled at Doha port was 650,000 TEUs in 2016, the growth in the total volume of containers handled these days has been enormous.

The businesses at the port averaged a throughput volume of 100,000 TEUs in the last two months and in December 2017 and April 2018, the number of containers exceeded even that number, including both the exports and imports, and also the transshipped containers.

Inquiries have found that the highest number of vessel arrivals is from the Far East Asian region, which accounted for almost 40% of the volume handled at the port.

Equally encouraging has been businesses from the European Union countries. Operations between South Asian ports and Doha have been impressive too.

The port has received a number of vessels of capacities exceeding 9,000 TEUs since June 2017, with the average number of arrivals every month reportedly between 80 and 90 vessels.

There has been substantial operations between the ports of Turkey and Greece, and Hamad Port.

Services between the two ports of Oman (Sohar and Salalah) and Doha are going strong, as a number of feeder services are operating between the three.
Source: GulfTimes

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