Tribune News Network
As part of its efforts to ensure continuous flow of supplies and meet the needs of local market in light of the blockade on the country, Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) has inaugurated five new direct service lines between Hamad Port and a number of ports in the region and beyond in less than 20 days.
The launch of the new lines comes within the framework of the directives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications to ensure that the vessel movement, shipping operation and maritime navigation are not affected by the blockade.
The first direct service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port in Oman was inaugurated on June 11. 'Hansa Neuburg', which operates under Milaha's DMJ service, was the first ship to call the port under the new service with 1,696 TEUs, including 133 cold storage reefers that contain food supplies.
On June 23, another new line linking Hamad Port directly to Salalah Port was launched with the arrival of the container ship 'Paul Abrao' to the port with a range of various goods and building materials on board. On the same day, the ship 'Hansa Magdeburg' arrived from India's Nhava Sheva port, opening a new shipping line connecting Hamad Port with India's Mundra and Nhava Sheva ports.
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on June 28 inaugurated its maiden voyage between Hamad Port and Salalah Port, and 'MSC Kerry' was the first vessel to call the port under the new service with more than 660 containers on board. The international shipping company, Maersk, started its first direct service between Hamad Port and Salalah Port on June 30. 'Jack London' was the first ship to be welcomed under the new service.
'Green Guatemala',the first vessel docked at Hamad Port under the new service between Hamad Port and Turkish ports, sailed from f1'ddzmir Port and called at Hamad Port on July 2 carrying more than 3,000 tonnes of various foodstuffs.
f0"The launch of these new maritime lines emphasises the high reliability of the Qatari economy and its ability to adapt to regional and global changes with providing fast and secure solutions to importers and exporters," said Captain Abdul Aziz al Yafei, director of Hamad Port."We are sure that these new lines will consolidate trade ties between Qatar and the rest of the world, and promote trade exchange while supporting Qatar National Vision 2030," he said.
Hamad Port is Qatar's main gateway to the world trade and is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. It can receive all types of ships and vessels of all sizes and weights. Hamad Port has also played a prominent role in breaking the blockade imposed by some neighbouring countries on Qatar.