Khorfakkan freight volumes on the rise
Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) in Sharjah has reported an increase of approximately 20% in cargo volumes during the first half of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007.
The Middle Eastern port, which is operated by Gulftainer, has also outlined a series of development projects to capitalise on the market growth and meet future demand from shipping lines and freight forwarders. This includes a berth expansion, with another 400 metres being added by the end of 2008, together with orders for new ship-to-shore Super Post Panamax gantries, which will be confirmed later this year.
“As everybody in the world is aware, the pace of change in the Gulf region, particularly in the UAE, is moving at a startling speed and nowhere is this more apparent than the transport and logistics industry,” commented Peter Richards, director and general manager of Gulftainer.
“By their very nature, those industries that make up the components of the supply chain - shipping, trucking and terminals for example – have to continually reengineer, reinvest and improve their service and performance to cater to growing volumes and increasingly stringent customer demands. The development of Khorfakkan Container Terminal is essential if Sharjah is to avoid the costly delays and congestion affecting many other regions worldwide.”