O3 alliance to bring 'fantastic numbers' to Khorfakkan
Khorfakkan Container Terminal on the UAE’s east coast is preparing for a major boost in container volume in the coming months as the Ocean 3 alliance is finalised, says Stephen Ogden, group director of operations at Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Container Terminal.
“The major alliances that have come to fruition recently have been to our advantage. We’re quite fortunate here that three of our major customers actually formed an alliance together and Khorfakkan is therefore obviously a major hub for them,” Ogden told Maritime & Ports Middle East.
“The Ocean Three Alliance (CMA CGM, UASC, CSCL) is the major one affecting us and should drive up traffic,” he added. “The alliances are still in their infancy and schedules are being put in place, so we have to monitor move counts, which at the moment are fantastic on some services, to see what happens.”
Ogden adds that Khorfakkan is increasingly being used by the alliance partners to re-deploy vessels on different routes.
“Our clients recognize the value of Khorfakkan and what we can offer, so we’ve had a lot of phase in-phase out operations where ships are swapping from one service to another and they come in to swap cargoes between them,” he said. “That’s happening in Khorfakkan because we’re tried and tested, they’ve come to us before and we’ve made a success of it.”