Gulftainer, the largest privately owned port operator in the world based in Sharjah, announced the arrival of the “Umm Salal” at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT). The vessel docked at its facility in Khorfakkan on the evening of 11th March and stayed for 24 hours before moving on to its next destination.

26 Feb 2012

Sharjah Container Terminal and Khorfakkan Container Terminal record highest monthly volumes

Gulftainer, the largest privately owned port operator in the world based in Sharjah, continues its magnificent performance by today announcing outstanding results for the month of January 2012. With an overall 16.8% increase in container throughput at the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), compared to the same month last year, the company is delighted at what has turned out to be the best ever January performance in the history of the company.

The private terminal operator continues to build on its strength year after year, with a growing volume of trade despite the global economic downturn and its effect on economies in the Gulf and wider Indian Ocean region. Growth figures have shown that, Gulftainer’s UAE Terminals - Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) – recorded the highest monthly volumes both independently and combined during the 2011 period, with SCT in particular recording a 19.3% annual volume increase throughout the year.

Speaking about the exceptional performance in January, Gulftainer MD, Peter Richards, said: "We are delighted to have achieved such successful results for the month of January 2012. The volume increases in KCT and SCT are an obvious reflection of the trust that customers place in us."

"The records set by Gulftainer demonstrate the increased volume of trade in the region and we remain very optimistic about prospects for the whole region in the coming years. As we continue through 2012, with the help and support of the Sharjah Ports Authority, we can look forward to a prosperous year ahead with more terminal operations, improved facilities and capacity, as we strive to deliver consistent operational performance to all our stakeholders,” he added.

SCT, adjacent to Sharjah's industrial area, handles containers on behalf of over 40 shipping lines, including all of the world's top 20 companies and accommodates over 45% of the non-oil manufacturing capacity of the UAE.

KCT continues to be the world's fastest-operating container terminal whether dealing with smaller ships, or the leviathans of 13,000 teu - which can be accommodated without challenges, and handled promptly and productively in a location which is optimally located to serve the Gulf area and the Indian Ocean.

Gulftainer Group has been operating in the UAE and around the world for over 35 years. In the UAE it operates three main UAE ports: two on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority - Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT); and one in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, on behalf of the international plastics solutions company, Borouge.

Gulftainer also operates and manages a number of projects and investments in several countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Brazil, Africa and Turkey with other ventures worldwide currently being investigated. Gulftainer’s logistics subsidiary, Momentum Logistics, was established in 2008 to take over the group’s transportation and logistics operations and has offices throughout the Middle East.


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