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Wed 23 Jan 2008 12:44 PM

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Aqaba port sustains growth through 2007

Despite fierce regional competition Aqaba Container Terminal.

Cargo handled by Aqaba Container Terminal, the sole Jordanian sea port, grew in the first 11 months of 2007. The number of containers handled by Aqaba Container Terminal from January to November 2007 rose by more than 2% compared to the same period last year.

The registered increase came in spite of a slow container handling start during the first half of last year.

"This increase has been possible thanks to ongoing remarkable achievements at ACT," said Amin Kawar, chief commercial officer of ACT.

Last year the APM Terminals managed port attracted two major new marine routes linking the port of Aqaba directly with the Far East regions to improve the efficiency of marine trade directly with the powerhouse economies of China, Taiwan and Korea.

ACT's service partnerships now include over than 22 global shipping lines. "A number of main lines have raised the volume and efficiency of their services from and to Aqaba, connecting ACT with most of the international networks for container handling," said Kawar.

"Although the percentage growth recorded in container handling in 2007 was less than that which has been delivered in years before, nevertheless, we are proud of the 2007 achievements," added Kawar.

The Jordanian terminal's throughput business was aided by an overall increase in the volume of exported cargo throughout 2007. Container handling volumes have been increasing steadily at ACT since APM Terminals began a 25-year Joint Venture contract to manage the terminal operations back in August 2006.

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