Qatar: Steep rise in movement of cargo at ports
Qatar Ports Management Authority (Mwani Qatar) has seen a steep rise in the movement of cargo in the last six months. Ports in Qatar have seen strong surge in the movement of general cargo, containers, livestock and aggregates, which has once again confirmed that the siege has failed completely.
The movement of containers from ports has jumped by around 81 percent during April- September period this year. Mwani Qatar handled 83,260 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in September compared to 46,056 TEUs in April.
Since June, when siege was imposed, there is 247 percent rise in container movement as, 24,014 TEUs were handled in that month.
Movement of general cargo witnessed 376 percent surge since June and 26 percent rise since April as, the company cleared 148,217 tonnes of general cargo in September compared to 31,105 tonnes in June and 117,614 tonnes in April.
Similarly, livestock movement grew by 145 percent since April and 49 percent since June as ports the port management authority cleared 90,881 heads in September compared to 37,160 heads in April and 60,858 in June.
The movement of aggregates have jumped by 405 percent since April and 293 percent since June as Mwani Qatar handled 25,196 tonnes of aggregates in September against 4,980 tonnes in April and 6,409 in June.
Strong growth in the movement of goods has ensured smooth flow of supplies for its residents.
The efforts taken by the Mwani Qatar has played crucial role in maintain uninterrupted supplies.
Mwani Qatar in cooperation with its partners had, in the past few months, inaugurated a number of new direct shipping lines between Hamad port and a number of ports in the region and beyond.
The new routes connected Qatar ports to Sohar and Salalah ports in Oman, Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait, Karachi port in Pakistan, Izmir port in Turkey, Mundra and Jawaharlal Nehru Port, also known as Nhava Sheva Port, in India. Within a week after the three Gulf countries imposed a blockade on Qatar, Mwani Qatar launched a new direct service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port in Oman under Milaha’s DMJ service — three times a week. 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. The strategic goal of the company is to transform Qatari ports into the ports of choice for all port users, including main shipping lines through efficient operations and enhanced customer focus.
Source: The Peninsula