Qatar ports increased volume 6.1pc to 110,394 TEU in January

BELEAGURED Qatar ports have got off to a flying start in the New Year as container traffic rose 6

25 February 2019 - 19:00

BELEAGURED Qatar ports have got off to a flying start in the New Year as container traffic rose 6.1 per cent year on year in January to 110,394 TEU, according to figures provided by Mwani Qatar that manages ports in Hamad, Doha and Ruwais.

This despite the fact that this tiny (pop 2.6 million) but immensely wealthy state with per capita income of US$128,000 per annum, is under a boycott with road access is cut off because it will not follow the diplomatic lead of its power neighbours.

Qatar ports collectively received 334 vessels in January and handled 30,693 tonnes of building materials compared to 22,641 tonnes of aggregates in January 2018. The ports received 46,764 tonnes of general cargo, 5,749 vehicles and 71,896 heads of livestock last month.

Hamad port, the largest gateway in the Middle East, handled 109,349 TEU and 5,534 vehicles in January, The Peninsula reported.

These ports delivered an impressive performance last year with all-round growth recorded in every cargo segment. The ports achieved their highest annual container throughput, vessel calls and livestock movements in 2018, receiving 4,781 vessels and handling a total of 1.34 million TEU.

The ports also handled 1.4 million tonnes of general cargo; 71,173 vehicles; 324,248 tonnes of building materials and 957,487 heads of livestock in 2018.

Hamad port experienced a huge surge in vessel and cargo movement in 2018 and achieved several milestones. According to Qterminals, Hamad port handled 1.33 million TEU, one million tonnes of break bulk cargo, 255,000 of bulk cargo, 68,000 vehicles and 400,000 heads of livestock during the whole of 2018.


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