Posted on June 15, 2017

To counter the impact of blockade imposed by three Gulf countries, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has launched a new maritime line between Qatar and India named “India Qatar Express Service” (IQX).

The ministry has announced this on its social media platforms yesterday also giving further details of the service on ministry’s website. The line links Hamad Port in Qatar and Mundra and Nhava Sheva Ports in India. “The vessels of the new line will visit Hamad Port every Friday and the first shipment will have 710 containers. The express service has readiness to receive larger shipments as needed,” the ministry stated on its website. 

The service (IQX) will have weekly sailing and direct express connection between Mundra, Nhava Sheva and Doha (Hamad) for local cargo. The service will accept coastal cargo from west and east coast of Indian ports for transshipment to Mundra and will also accept transshipment cargo from South East Asia/Far East via Mundra. Port rotation will be as follows: Hamad Port (arrival) Friday (departure) Saturday; Mundra (arrival) Thursday (departure) Friday; Nhava Sheva (arrival) Saturday (departure) Sunday. Two days ago, Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) had also launched a new direct service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port in Oman to be operated three times a week.

This new service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port was “part of the efforts of Ministry of Transport and Communications to build new partnerships to meet the growing needs of the local market and to strengthen Hamad Port as a vital business hub in the region”. Meanwhile, Director of Hamad Port Captain Abdul Aziz Al Yafei yesterday said that Hamad Port would launch and add new service lines with Europe and Southeast Asia in the coming days. In a statement today, Al Yafei said that the movement in the port is running smoothly, explaining that the port currently operates three main lines.