By Andy Sambidge
General Organisation of Sea Ports says there are no delays at ports despite 'abnormal situation'
Bahrain's General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) on Sunday said that all sea ports in the kingdom, including Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP), were operating normally.
Ports were receiving ships normally and providing all necessary services, such as loading and unloading and delivery and receipt of containers, "without any delay or interruption", it said in a statement.
In partnership with APM Terminals (APMT), KBSP's operating company, GOP said it had put in place a crisis management strategy in place to deal with "all abnormal situations" arising from the current unrest in the kingdom.
"This planning enables GOP to deal with staff shortages, and maintain a consistent workflow, ensuring the provision of integrated services to all port users without interruption," the statement added.
Bahrain declared martial law on March 15 after troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE arrived to help quell protests that have gripped the Gulf state for more than a month.
The army on March 19 demolished the 300ft monument on the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.
The junction had been home to a makeshift protest camp for protestors, many of whom come from the Shiite Muslim majority.
GOP added that a marine ban which has been imposed in some areas by the General Command of the Bahrain Defence Force did not include commercial ships arriving and departing to and from Bahrain.
It urged all dealers with Bahrain's ports "to go about the usual procedures" in dealing with their business in the kingdom.