The Qatar’s main seaport Hamad Port has accomplished yet another feat as it reached an important milestone of handling over 3 million TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) containers on 24 August. The port has also handled 7 million tonnes of general cargo since it began its operations.
It has been an incredible journey for the $7.4bn port which began operation in December 2016. The port did not take much time to reach 1-million mark, as it celebrated the handling of its first 1 million TEUs containers in March last year. The Port had achieved this feat in less than 14 months, which was well ahead of its planned schedule.
Expansion of route network is one of the main factors behind stupendous growth in cargo handling. Within a short span of time, the port has been linked to 50 ports regionally and internationally in 3 continents.
The record-breaking journey of Hamad Port is expected to continue in future as the port has announced expansion plans. The development works of the Hamad Port, which consist of the second container terminal (CT-2), has already begun.
QTerminals, a terminal operating company jointly established by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha), has been awarded the design, develop and operation contract for the CT-2.
The port is playing a major role in securing the needs of local markets and projects implemented by Qatar and is also ensuring access of Qatari products to the global markets.