(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Irfan Bukhari |
Qatar's gateway to the world, Hamad Port, is fast becoming a hub of regional trade as it handled transshipment of 200,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first half of current year.
“In the first half of 2022, Mwani Qatar ports handled total of 700,000 TEUs including transshipment of 200,000 TEUs through Hamad Port, in addition to more than 850,000 tonnes of general cargo and above 260,000 tonnes of building materials,” Mwani announced in a recent tweet.
From January 2022 to June 2022, Hamad Port, Doha Port and Ruwais Port also handled 38,063 vehicles and 99,268 heads of livestock according to figures released by Mwani on its Twitter account while the ports received 1,392 vessels during the same period.
Meanwhile, according to Mwani Annual Report 2021, released last month, Qatar's share in overall Middle East trade is expected to significantly increase with the robust technological infrastructure supporting Hamad Port's second container terminal (CT2).
The first and second phases of CT2 were officially opened recently. The Mwani Annual Report 2021 further revealed the company's ports achieved a container throughput of 1.57 million TEUs, 9% higher than the 1.44 million TEUs moved in 2020, with an increasing of 36% in the transshipments to reach 5,62,539 TEUs in the end of 2021.
The general cargo handled through ports stood at 1.63 million tonnes during 2021, up from 1.5 million tonnes in 2020, an increase of around 8.7%.
Building materials traffic was also robust with the ports moving 592,452 tonnes, a stunning 66% more than the 357,000 tonnes recorded in 2020.
The ports received 3,355 ships during 2021, a rise of 1.36% over 2020 as well as 332,761 head of livestock and 73,039 vehicles (RORO) which registered a 19.34% increase year-on-year.
With continuous rise in cargo handling, Ruwais Port is also 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.
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.
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