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Sat 31 Jan 2009 02:52 PM

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Sharjah ports see 25% growth in activity in 2008

Most activity takes place at Khorfakkan Container Terminal on the Gulf of Oman.

The total volume of containers handled by ports in Sharjah stood at 2.4 million, 20 foot units (TEU) last, achieving an impressive 25 percent growth over the preceding year, according to figures released Saturday

Sharjah sea ports and customs department said growth in the container handling was mainly attributed to additional activity at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), which alone handled more thah two million TEUs during last year.

The Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) also saw a steady increase in container handling during this period, it said accordIng to WAM news agency.

The major difference in client portfolio between the two ports was best explained by the location of the two facilities within the Sharjah emirate.

To access SCT ships had to pass through the Straits of Hormuz, while KCT was entirely on the Gulf of Oman, the department added.

Director general of the Sharjah seaports and customs department Rashid Al Leem attributed this growth to the enormous development in infrastructure at both the ports, especially the expansion of the Khorfakkan Sea Port.

KCT's logistic facilities were enhanced by the most modern equipments, he noted.

Al Leem said that the seaports in the emirate got continuous support and attention from the emirate's government as they represented one of the prime constituents of the economy.

Development projects will continue at the three ports in the emirate, namely the Port Khalid in the city, the Khorfakkan Sea Port and the Port of Hamriyam he added.

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