Qatar ports are seeing a huge increase in container throughput in the first half of 2023

Qatar’s ports are fast becoming a hub of regional trade as state-of-the-art facilities saw container throughput increase by 32% year-on-year in the first half of the current year.

“The ports of Mwani, Qatar, saw a 32% year-on-year increase in container throughput volume in the first six months of 2023. Livestock, building materials and RoRo rose 196%, 5.3% and 5.5% respectively,” Mwani, Qatar said in a tweet.

According to the published figures, the three ports (Hamad Port, Ruwais Port, Doha Port) handled 633,029 containers, 771,883 tons of general cargo, 274,694 tons of building materials, 40,162 vehicles and 294,031 head of cattle, while 1,316 ships called at these ports in the first half of the year (January to June ) 2023.

Last year (2022), the Port of Hamad saw the same growth in handling activity as 30% of the total containers were handled in 2022. In 2022, Mwani Qatar continued its efforts to transform Qatar into a vibrant regional trade hub by strengthening Hamad Port’s role as a central transshipment gateway in the region, Mwani Qatar said in January 2023.

The three ports (Hamad Port, Ruwais Port and Doha Port) had handled 1,435,252 containers, 1,596,826 tons of general cargo, 516,839 tons of building materials, 79,401 vehicles and 205,608 head of cattle in 2022, while 3,031 ships called at these ports.

“In 2022, a total of 4,28,021 TEU (containers) were handled through Hamad Port, accounting for 30% of the total containers handled during the year,” Mwani Qatar previously announced.

Earlier, Mwani Qatar said in a report that Qatar’s share of overall Middle East trade is expected to increase significantly with the robust technological infrastructure supporting Hamad Port’s second container terminal (CT2).

The Hamad Port’s strategic geographic location offers the opportunity to allow cargo movements towards the upper Gulf and to support countries such as Kuwait and Iraq and southwards towards Oman. In support of ongoing efforts to attract other shipping lines to the port, Hamad Port will be positioned as a transhipment hub for the upper Gulf and Oman, QTerminals said on its website.

Hamad Port has been at the forefront in strengthening Qatar’s maritime transport sector as it has accounted for the lion’s share of all port traffic.

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