The Hamad Port breaks, which is the gateway to Qatar’s trade with outside world, has broken siege by opening global direct lines. Five new shipping lines have been started under the direction of the Ministry of Transport and Communications and in cooperation with a number of Hamad Port partners such as the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Maersk Company and Qatar Navigation Company “Milaha”. said Captain Abdul Aziz al Yafei, Director of Hamad Port.
Al Yafei said that the new lines will directly connect to several ports in the region and beyond such as Sohar and Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman and the ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva Ports in India and the port of Izmir in Turkey and other ports served by these international companies from all over the world.
It was pointed out by Al Yafei that the Qatar Ports Management Company (MWANI Qatar) received up to 470,000 tonnes of general cargo and 407,000 heads of livestock in the first of the year.
He also added that the MWANI Qatar is working to expand the direct maritime lines and connect Hamad Port to other ports around the world, which will contribute to the provision of stocks of materials and commodities, especially after the New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee signed a contract for designing and constructing food security facilities and warehouses at Hamad Port at a cost of QR 1.6bn. Phase I of the project will be completed after 26 months and consists of specialised facilities for the processing, manufacturing, and refining of rice, raw sugar, and edible oils.
These products will be available for local, regional and global use and will provide food for three million people over two and a half years.
MWANI Qatar, as the operator of Hamad Port, is working on a strategic plan to provide a stable supply chain platform for the local market and the Qatari economy over the long term, Al Yafei said.
MWANI Qatar is looking to build strong partnership with all shipping companies around the world to meet the growing demand and to enhance the status of Hamad Port in the region. The Port receives all kinds of commercial vessels like container ships, car ships, grain and steel carriers and rolling ships, including livestock vessels in addition to general cargo ships of all kinds.
The Hamad Port was opened in December 2016 which has the capacity to accommodate the largest vessels. The Port has several terminals with different capacity, including a general cargo and a grain terminal, a car receiving station, a cattle station, a coastal security ship station and a marine support and support station.