_: The Sharjah-based Gulftainer Company Limited (GTL) announced Wednesday that throughput at their Sharjah terminals – Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) – has increased by over 23pc from January 2012 to July 2012 compared with the corresponding period last year and are estimated to exceed 3.5 million TEUS in 2012.
This remarkable performance, forecast to continue throughout the rest of the year, means that Gulftainer will continue to break its own records despite the global economy going through yet another difficult year.
The accomplishment, according to published industry figures, means that Gulftainer’s Middle East ports have been the fastest growing ports in the region over the last 4 years. While many regional players posted results of below 10%, Gulftainer has continued to show double-digit growth; said a release from Gulftainer.
Gulftainer Group Managing Director, Peter Richards, commented, “Gulftainer continues to work closely with our customers in order to continue this good work. We are absolutely delighted to have achieved such successful results for the year to date. The volume increases in KCT and SCT are an obvious reflection of the trust that customers place in us”.
Gulftainer management put this sustained consistency down to the ability to be flexible and swift to act.
An increase in export volume from the Middle East countries has also resulted in additional full volumes through Gulftainer’s facilities, requiring terminal layouts to be reviewed and revised. The co-operation of shipping lines together on services has resulted in the need for increased dialogue and co-ordination between the terminal operators and the Lines.
Gulftainer Group has been operating in the UAE and around the world for over 35 years.
In recent years Gulftainer has also invested in Iraq, Russia and now Brazil, with the company recently welcoming the first vessel into its Recife Port facility.