Posted on July 10, 2017

As part of its efforts to ensure continuous flow of supplies and meet the needs of local market in light of the recent measures taken against the state, Qatar Ports Management Company-Mwani Qatar in cooperation with its partners has inaugurated five new direct service lines between Hamad port and a number of ports in the region and beyond in less than 20 days.

The launch of the new lines comes within the framework of the directives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in order to ensure the vessel movement, shipping operation and maritime navigation are not affected by these measures. The first direct service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port in Oman was inaugurated on June 11, 2017. Hansa Neuburg, which is operating under Milaha’s DMJ service, was the first ship to call the port under this new service with 1,696 TEUs, including 133 cold storage reefers that contain food supplies. On June 23, another new line linking Hamad Port directly to Salalah Port was launched with the arrival of the container ship Paul Abrao to the port with a range of various goods and building materials onboard.

On the same day, the ship Hansa Magdeburg arrived from India's Nhava Sheva port in a new shipping line connects Hamad port with both of India’s Mundra port and Nhava Sheva port. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on June 28, inaugurated its maiden voyage between Hamad Port and Salalah Port and MSC KERRY was the first vessel to call the port under the new service with more than 660 containers onboard. The international shipping company, Maersk, started its first direct service between Hamad Port and Salalah Port on June 30. The ship Jack London was the first ship to be welcomed under the new service. Green Guatemala, which is the first vessel to dock at Hamad Port under the new service between Hamad Port and Turkish ports, has sailed from Izmir Port and called at Hamad Port on July 2 carrying more than 3,000 tonnes of various foodstuffs.

"The launch of these new maritime lines emphasize the high reliability of the Qatari economy and its ability to adapt to regional and global changes and will contribute to provide fast and secure solutions to importers and exporters," Captain Abdul Aziz Al Yafei, Director of Hamad Port commented. "We are assured that these new lines will consolidate trade ties between State of Qatar and the world, as well as promoting trade exchange and support Qatar National Vision 2030," he added. "Mwani Qatar is committed to play a vital role in stabilising domestic market by managing Qatar’s ports and providing a stable platform for supply-chain for Qatar’s economy in cooperation with its partners and stakeholders," Al Yafei stressed.

Hamad Port is Qatar's main gateway to world trade and is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It can receive all types of ships and vessels of all sizes and weights. Hamad Port is also one of the most important portals which played a prominent role in breaking the blockade imposed by some neighboring countries on Qatar recently.

source: The Peninsula