Throughput volume and performance at Kuwait's container terminals continue to make strides announced the Kuwait Port Authority (KPA) on the back of exceptional full year 2006 statistics.
There has been year on year growth from 1995 with a marked increase each year since the year 2000, when 307,795 TEU were handled. Last year, the combined cargo through the terminals at Shuwaikh and Shuaiba reached 753,334 TEU.
The Sharjah based port management company Gulftainer, which also operates Khorfakkan and Sharjah container terminals in the UAE, have a team working in conjunction with KPA to improve container handling facilities in the country.
"Improvements in efficiency and operational performance have enabled the combined terminals to handle record breaking throughputs in 2006," explained Ted Malone, manager, Gulftainer Kuwait, in reference to KPA's achievement.
2007 has also started with record throughput for Kuwait's ports. The first quarter figures are 15% higher in terms of container moves, and 19% higher in TEUs than the same period in 2006, and early indications suggest an overall higher rate of growth for 2007. The Kuwaiti economy is rapidly expanding, with the ports in particular benefiting from their strategic location as cargo gateways into Iraq.
Plans initiated by KPA have already been made for expanding handling capabilities to cater for future demand. "New gantry cranes and yard equipment, redevelopment of stacking areas, and installation of enhanced computer systems are all in the pipeline, along with channel deepening projects," said Malone.
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