Qatar Ports have witnessed an incredible increase in number of ships coming to Doha post illegal blockade. The number of vessels coming to ports every month after siege has almost doubled, showing the strength Qatar’s growing maritime trade.
Hamad Port handled 417 vessels, along with Ruwais Port and Doha Port in December, which was 97 percent higher than vessels handled by these ports in June 2017 when the siege was imposed on Qatar.
Mwani Qatar reported that these ports handled 212 ships in June and similar trends prevailed in other months. However, the number of ships handled in November in the three ports were 411, an increase of 94 percent from June.
In terms of total traffic, 2017 was a record breaking year for Mwani Qatar with regard to meeting challenges, expanding global marine connectivity and enhancing its repertoire as a growing maritime player in the region. In 2017, these ports handled 1.26 million tonnes of general cargo, 772,835 TEUs containers, 857,429 cattle heads and 578,654 tonnes of aggregates and 3,869 vessels.
One of the main reasons for the increase is the proactive steps taken by the government, after the crisis broke out. New shipping lines were introduced between Hamad and other ports in the region and beyond.
Last week, Hamad Port announced addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list. Before that, many other new shipping lines started services from Hamad Port. With a capacity of 13,154 TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) and a draft of 14 meter ‘Hyundai Drive’ was the largest container vessel to enter the Hamad Port.