Shuwaikh has seen enormous traffic growth in recent years, with the number of TEUs handled doubling since 2000.
There appears to be no anxiety regarding future business either. Indeed, the Kuwaiti port is planning an investment strategy to accommodate further growth.
Last year saw a throughput of 671,000 TEUs, and this year it is expected to top the 750,000 mark. Receiving an average 45 container vessels a month, July saw 49 ships call, discharging 57,300 TEUs, a volume unsurpassed in recent history.
Plans to specifically increase the handling capabilities of the port are being finalised. Predictions are that Kuwait Port Authority (KPA), working in association with Gulftainer, will double the number of heavy lift post-Panamax cranes to four, add six new RTGs and fund extra capital investment in associated hardware. It is anticipated the capacity will exceed two million TEUs per annum.
Existing infrastructure at the 26-hectare site includes 128 electrical points for the storage of refrigerated foodstuff containers.
Aside from healthy domestic market growth, Shuwaikh is looking beyond the country’s own boundaries to stimulate future developments. ‘‘Kuwait is a natural choice for containerised imports to Iraq, and when reconstruction hits full swing it is expected to fuel even more dramatic growth,’’ says Ted Malone, manager of Gulftainer Kuwait.
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Mina Zayed, located in the northeast section of Abu Dhabi city, covers an area of 510 hectares and comprises 21 artificial deepwater berths with depths ranging from six to 15 metres. The dredging of the main port channel is being undertaken to allow even largest vessels safe entry to the port.
DP World began managing Mina Zayed earlier this year, and is maintaining its reputation as one of the region’s most important marine terminals.
More than 50 major shipping lines use the port as their Gulf base regularly. Current figures state that over 2000 freight ships berth there each year and more than four million tonnes of cargo is handled annually.
With the invaluable support of the crown prince, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority, the facility continues to upgrade through substantial investment. The comprehensive plan for the development of Mina Zayed and affi liated ports will involve a total cost of US$765 million. Some of the major projects under the ten-year development plan include refurbishing of berths, dredging, and the construction of new workshops. The port’s capacity to hold chilled, cool and frozen products has been significantly increased with the addition of a 15,000 tonne cold store.
Ports have traditionally had a reputation as an area where pollution is commonplace. In keeping with international antipollution measures, Mina Zayed boasts a dedicated environment division to ensure constant monitoring of pollution levels, and is an industry leader in ensuring it is a clean marine environment.
Jeddah Islamic Seaport
Saudi Arabia’s principal port, the largest in the Middle East outside of Dubai, reported an 18.5% increase in volumes in 2005, driven largely by a 26.4% increase in exports. The port handles two thirds of the kingdom’s total import traffic. Earlier this year, Saudi Seaports Authority signed an agreement with the Saudi Commercial and Export Development Company (Tusdeer), to develop and operate a third container terminal in JIP. The US$442.5 million project will allow the new terminal to accommodate 1.5 million containers annually, and is to be built on reclaimed land along the re-export zone over an area of 400,000m2.
In addition to container handling capabilities, the King Fahad Ship Repair Yard provides for maintenance and repair of vessels and consists of two floating docks, which can receive vessels up to 45,000 tonnes. Two additional berths (170 metres long) are capable of receiving vessels up to 60,000 tonnes.
Ambitious plans to increase the competitiveness of the marine transport network in Saudi Arabia include linking the facility with the Saudi railway project. Also, JIP is set to deploy what will be the largest converged communications solution for any port in the Gulf region. The new system will service more than 11,000 users with the potential of expanding to more than 65,000 users in the future. Predictions anticipate exceeding three million TEU in 2006.Please do not copy the content on this pagePlease do not copy the content on this page