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Qatar ports see huge rise in cargo movements in October

Ports in Qatar have seen huge rise in the movement of cargo in the October showing that the ports are playing a crucial role in defeating the unjust siege.

Strong cargo traffic have ensuring the supply of goods remains uninterrupted in the country and resident do not face any problems.

Container traffic surged by 39 percent in October as ports handled 115,515 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) compared to 83,260 TEUs in September, according to Mwani Qatar data. Likewise, the movement of aggregates jumped by 16 percent as ports handled 29,326 tonnes of aggregates in October against 25,196 tonnes of aggregates handled in September. The ports cleared 126,288 tonnes of general cargo and 62,250 livestock heads during the month.

Mwani Qatar, which manages ports in the country, hosted 458 vessels at its Hamad Port, Doha Port and Ruwais Port in October.

The ports handled strong cargo movement in since the siege countries imposed blockade on Qatar in June this year.

The cargo movement remains firm in the country despite siege, showed data.

Since June, when siege was imposed, there is 380 percent rise in container movement as, 24,014 TEUs were handled in that month compared to 115,515 TEUs in October. Similarly, the movement of general cargo surged by 306 percent as ports cleared 126,288 tonnes of general cargo in October compared to 31,105 in June this year.

Among the ports, Hamad Port, had a lion’s share in the cargo movement. The port, which the largest port in the region, saw a huge 44 percent year-on-year rise in cargo movement in September this year compared to same month in 2016.

The port harboured 150 vessels in September this year compared to 104 vessels in same month last year while net tonnage at the port rose to 143,750 tonnes in September against 65,470 tonnes in September 2016.

The rising cargo movement shows proactive steps by the Mwani Qatar as, in association with its partners, had inaugurated a number of new direct shipping lines between Hamad port and a number of ports in the region and beyond in the in the past few months.

Mwani Qatar manages seaports, quays, dry ports, container and other terminals, including cruise and passengers, and provides navigation assistance and pilotage, towage as well as Aids to Navigation (AtoN) in addition to loading, unloading and handling and storage of cargoes in all forms.

The company is closely involved in the development of seaports and related services to the highest internationally recognised standards of safety, security and quality.
Source: The Peninsula

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