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Bahrain Gateway opens for business

Movements finally under way at key Upper Gulf port.
APM Terminals Bahrain managing director Steen Davidsen sees the Bahrain Gateway port as a crucial Upper Gulf hub.
APM Terminals Bahrain managing director Steen Davidsen sees the Bahrain Gateway port as a crucial Upper Gulf hub.

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The Upper Gulf Bahrain Gateway hub, located at Khalifa bin Salman port, has finally opened for business, nine years after the project was officially confirmed by the local government.

The migration of operations to the US$500 million facility starts today, and the first container vessel is scheduled to call at the new port on 15th April. For the first two weeks, empty containers will enter the port, and export containers will be booked to load onto outgoing vessels from 15th April onwards.

One of the key features about the Bahrain Gateway is its access to multimodal transport links. It is located within a few kilometers of Bahrain International Airport and the King Fahd Causeway to Saudi Arabia, as well as the new boutique Bahrain Logistics Zone hub.  

The facility features four new post-Panamax cranes with an 18 stack outreach, 1800 metres of quaywall and a channel depth of 12.8 metres. Channel dredging is ongoing and will reach 14 metres this year and then 15 metres in early 2010 to match the 15-metre draft alongside and in the turning basin.

“This is an exciting day for the Kingdom of Bahrain, our customers and APM Terminals,” said Steen Davidsen, managing director of APM Terminals Bahrain, the Bahrain Gateway operator.

“The Government's vision to create a port with the growth capacity to serve Bahrain's global aspirations becomes a reality today. With this port, Bahrain is clearly establishing itself as the ideal port hub for the Upper Gulf markets of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Northern Iran, Kuwait and Qatar. These next few weeks will be a busy time for everyone and the entire team at APM Terminals Bahrain is focused on managing a smooth transition to the new port,” Davidsen added. 

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