Posted on January 01, 2019

Hamad Port continues to add new chapters to its success story as it has registered a strong rise in cargo movement in November. 

The movement of break bulk cargo in the port surged by around 20 percent last month as it handled 90,955 tonnes of break bulk cargo in November compared to 76,228 tonnes of cargo in October. The port, which is one of the largest ports in the region, received 137 ships in November. The port also handled 107,631 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) containers last month, Qterminals said in a tweet. 

Qterminals was set up by Qatar Navigation (Milaha) and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) to manage the port. The port handled 7,432 vehicles in November compared to 6,730 vehicles in October, reflecting a rise of 10 percent. It also witnessed huge rise in cattle movement as it handled 2,178 heads of cattle last month against 1,500 cattle a month before, showing an increase of around 45 percent. The port is ending the year on positive note as it witnessed huge rise in vessel and cargo movement and achieved several milestones in 2018.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications on November 13 had celebrated a major milestones by Hamad Port of handling two million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and five million tonnes of general cargo in a record time of less than two years. The port accomplished another feat in early this year as it celebrated, in March, handling of its first one million TEUs containers. QTerminals current operations at Hamad Port include a container terminal with a capacity of two million TEUs and general cargo, RORO and livestock terminals with a capacity of 1.7m tonnes. The port has a capacity to receive 500,000 vehicle per year. 

Since commencing operations in December 2016, Hamad Port has modernised the way Qatar handles imports and exports and has helped in facilitating the growth and diversification of the country’s economy. It has acquired 28 percent share in the volume of trade in the Middle East. Within a short period of time, the port has reached a global port connectivity coverage with 40 ports spanning over three continents. The port has seen tremendous growth in a short duration and is further cementing Qatar’s position as a regional maritime hub.

It also plays a major role in securing the needs of local markets and projects implemented by Qatar, ensuring access of Qatari products to the global markets.

source: The Peninsula

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