Under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications and Chairman of QTerminals, QTerminals held an event to celebrate reaching the significant milestones of handling two million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and five million tonnes of general cargo up to the end of October 2018, up three times versus June 2017. This remarkable accomplishment was achieved in record time with operations at Hamad Port only starting as recently as October 2016. Many stakeholders and representatives from shipping lines, freight forwarders and the wider maritime industry attended the event.
Addressing the gathering, HE the Minister stated; “This achievement would not have been possible without the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the unwavering support of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. Thanks to their efforts, Hamad Port is being transformed from a feeder port to a hub port, a testament to Qatar’s world-class infrastructure.
This milestone is a significant indication of the status of Hamad Port’s success gained in a short amount of time. Beyond the controversy that Qatar endured due to the blockade, The success of Hamad port played a significant part in meeting the needs of the local markets in Qatar as well as servicing the country’s major projects. The Minister added, “We will continue to work towards further achievements and support the country’s economic growth with the full commitment to providing fast and efficient services to our valued customers.”
The CEO of QTerminals Neville Bisset said; “2018 has been a transformative year for the port management and operations industry. Changing economic trends, shifting trade patterns, and worldwide demographic movements are influencing the supply chain, and QTerminals is ensuring that Hamad Port is fully prepared to handle any supply chain changes. Our objective is to optimize capacity and maintain the highest service levels, thereby driving the expansion and diversification of trading partners for the benefit of Qatar’s economy and trade.”
QTerminals provides containers, general cargo, RORO, livestock and offshore supply services in Phase 1 of Hamad Port, Qatar’s gateway to world trade. QTerminals was established to provide consistent, quality services to its clients and enable smoother trade flows internationally. With a focus on employing and retaining the brightest talents, QTerminals aims to be, within three years, the best terminal operator in the region regarding the overall quality of service and client satisfaction. Its long-term vision is to be recognized internationally as the most reliable terminal operator and an enabler for the economic growth of Qatar.