The general cargo handling through Qatar's three ports – Hamad, Doha and Al Ruwais – witnessed a robust double-digit growth year-on-year in January 2022 despite increased restrictions due to Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The general cargo handling registered a 10.03% year-on-year surge to 201,751 freight tonnes in January 2022. In comparison to December 2021 levels, the cargo handling more than doubled, said the statistics released by Mwani Qatar.
The general cargo movement through Hamad Port stood at 147,790 freight tonnes of break-bulk and 51,250 freight tonnes of bulk in the review period.
QTerminals handles the break-bulk cargo in Hamad Port through the general cargo (GC) terminal, whose area is 190,268sq m and the throughput capacity is 6.3mn freight tonnes.
The container handling through the three ports stood at 118,173 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), which fell 14.06% and 10.02% year-on-year and month-on-month respectively in January 2022.
Hamad Port – which features an intermodal transport network that offers direct and indirect shipping services to more than 100 destinations, facilitating efficient transportation and logistics services locally and abroad – alone handled 117,383 TEUs in the period in review.
QTerminals recently tweeted that Hamad Port had seen the largest single day container handling of 13,982 TEUs in January.
The GC terminal had also achieved a new milestone by handling a heavy cargo weighing 96 tonnes safely and successfully using two mobile harbour cranes (MHC) in tandem lift mode.
The country's merchandise trade has been showing resilience; indicating Doha’s maritime sector holds promising potential for the logistics and other support services segments as well as for the special zones within the periphery.
During the period in review, the number of ships calling on the three ports stood at 228, which witnessed 16.18% and 10.59% shrinkage year-on-year and month-on-month respectively.
Hamad Port – whose strategic geographical location offers opportunities to create cargo movement towards the upper Gulf, supporting countries such as Kuwait and Iraq, and south towards Oman – had seen 117 ship calls in January 2022.
The ports handled a total of 5,733 vehicles (RORO), which witnessed 19.93% and 13.96% decline on yearly and monthly basis respectively in the review period. Hamad Port alone handled as many as 5,708 vehicles in January 2022.
The clearing of vehicle-related processes have been on the rise, of late, especially on account of demand generation in the new private vehicles and heavy equipment segments.
The three ports had handled 31,176 livestock in January this year, which plunged 47.91% year-on-year but saw a 59.11% surge month-on-month.
The building materials handled through the three ports stood at 50,306 tonnes, which shrank 6.39% and 18.53% respectively on yearly and monthly basis in January 2022.
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