MEED – Middle East Ports Development Conference – 2008

28 Jan 2008

MEED - Middle East Ports Development Conference - 2008.

Gulftainer highlights solutions to bottlenecks and congestion at UAE's ports

Gulftainer: 'Rapid development in the UAE is placing considerable challenges on its logistics infrastructure'

Sharjah based Gulftainer, one of the region's largest terminal operators addressed the second MEED Middle East Ports Development conference highlighting the problems of and solutions to the growing issue of infrastructural congestion and bottlenecks affecting the region's roads & ports.

The conference which took place at the Al Murooj Rotana Hotel, Dubai, on the 28-29 January bought together the Middle East's key ports and shipping organizations and other industry professionals to discuss port developments throughout the region.

With more than 100 industry experts attending the event, Keith Nuttall the commercial manager at Gulftainer, highlighted the growth and contribution his firm has made to the Gulf's logistic sector. His presentation addressed the growing problem of congestion occurring at the world's ports and illustrated the measures Gulftainer are taking to address the situation and why its container operations at Khorfakkan are now recognized as probably the fastest in the world.

Mr. Nuttall stressed that in order for other ports to succeed in a manner akin to Gulftainer's operations there should be further investment in port facilities in order to accommodate bigger and larger ships. Terminals should be fully equipped and organized and landside logistics and distribution should be reviewed and enhanced in order to minimize disruptions to the supply chain.

'Rapid development in the UAE is placing considerable challenges on its logistics infrastructure.' Nuttall said. 'With the selection of excellent container terminals strategically placed throughout the UAE, the country is well placed to meet these challenges as they continue to expand.'


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