Milaha has strong interest in direct cargo services
Milaha has a strong interest in expanding its NDX (direct India-Qatar) service to include direct cargo services between Qatar and other major regional trade partners, Michel Deleuran, executive vice president - Maritime, Milaha, tells Maritime & Ports Middle East.
“From a principle point of view, we have a very strong interest in constantly demonstrating new value propositions for new and existing clients,” says Deleuran. “The NDX service is an exciting opportunity because it is the first direct loop from India to Qatar without having to tranship somewhere else in the Middle East.”
Deleuran said that as a predominantly Qatari-owned public company, Milaha had an interest in strengthening the local economy. “We want to support the new greenfield Hamad Port project, for example, and part of the way we’d like to do that is by offering a more competitive service from a pricing point of view.”
Deleuran wouldn’t be drawn on which other markets the Qatari maritime giant was looking at, but said that consideration of major ports where Qatar’s imports originate, such as those in East Africa, would be a “natural progression” for the company.
“The Middle East, North Africa and East Africa are obvious markets for us to continually evaluate, so it is part of deliberations that we make every day,” says Deleuran. “However, the security of staff, investments, and assets, and customers’ cargo are all issues and challenges that we must recognize and carefully assess.”