Qatari ports lift 115,837 TEU in January as expansion works continue
QATARI ports of Hamad, Doha and Ruwais Port saw a significant rise in cargo volumes in January, handling 50 per cent more vehicles compared to the same month in 2019
QATARI ports of Hamad, Doha and Ruwais Port saw a significant rise in cargo volumes in January, handling 50 per cent more vehicles compared to the same month in 2019.
General cargo traffic rose by 22 per cent, while container traffic grew by five per cent in January, said Mwani Qatar, reported The Peninsula, Qatar.
These ports handled 8,638 vehicles, 115,837 TEU and 57,016 tonnes of general cargo in January 2020.
In total 290 vessels docked at Qatari ports in January.
Ports positive performance in January comes after Qatar's maritime sector set new volume and productivity benchmarks in 2019. Hamad port, Ruwais port and Doha port received 4,082 vessels and handled 1.34 million TEU containers during the year.
Qatar's maritime sector is expected to witness another year of strong growth as a number of steps have been taken by the authorities to boost cargo throughput at the ports, including the expansion of Hamad port.
The development works of phase II at Hamad port, which comprises a second container terminal (CT-2), has already got underway. As part of the development of CT-2, QTerminals has placed an order for 24 terminal trailers.
The goal is to transform Qatar into a vibrant trading hub in the region and attract more transshipment containers and encourage more international shipping lines to add Hamad port to their regional routes.
Mwani Qatar had also signed a container services agreement in November last year with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to use Hamad port as a regional hub to manage transhipments for up to 150,000 TEU per annum, expanding to one million TEU by 2023.
While Hamad port has become Qatar's gateway to world trade, Ruwais port is also playing a crucial role in stimulating country's economy. Ruwais has become one of the most important ports to meet the increasing needs of the domestic market for foodstuff, especially meat and fresh and chilled products. The port is also being expanded.