(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Irfan Bukhari |
With continuous rise in cargo handling, Ruwais Port is consolidating its position as Qatar's northern gateway to trade. The port has witnessed over 72% increase in container traffic in four years, from 2018 to 2021.
The Ruwais Port handled 25,002 containers in 2018 while this number rose to 43,228 in 2021 registering over 72% increase, reveals a recent report of Mwani Qatar. The Report indicates that 2021 was another successful year for Ruwais Port.
“Besides the usual handling of general cargo, the port had to cope with the increased demand of foodstuff and other commodities. The port handled 1605 vessels including general cargo vessels, dhows and landing crafts, in addition to 284,289 heads of livestock, with a growth of more than 50% compared to the year 2020,” Mwani Annual Report 2021 said.
The general cargo handled by the port during 2021 also increased by 20% to reach 63,770 tonnes by the end of December. This is in addition to the significant increase in the volume of construction materials handled, which exceeded 51% to reach 538,713 tonnes.
The report added:“The significant growth in handling volumes coincides with the endeavors of Mwani Qatar to enhance the port's role in the Qatari economy and a greater contribution to the country's gross domestic product in accordance with the strategic plan of the Ministry of Transport. Thus, the company strives constantly to provide the best solutions to its customers and build a strong stable supply chain that enables the realisation of the aspirations of present and future generations.”
According to an earlier report of December last year, the second expansion project of Ruwais Port is expected to complete by second half of this year contributing greatly in fast recovering business activities.
Ruwais Port is being developed under its second expansion project supported by the Ministry of Transport and Mwani Qatar. The development work is expected to complete during second half of 2022, Chairman of the General Authority of Customs (GAC) Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Jamal had told Qatar Radio.
Al Jamal had said that GAC was ready to provide equipment, human resources and technical requirements to support Ruwais Port enabling it to serve with high efficiency in support of Hamad Port.
The Ruwais Port had also witnessed around 37% increase in container traffic while vehicle handling at the port had risen by 30 percent during 2020 compared to 2019. The port plays the role of an additional access facility to promote the regional commercial shipments and to stimulate the economy of the northern part of Qatar.
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