Qatar witnessed a 28% month-on-month increase in vessel calls through Hamad, Doha and Al Ruwais ports in June 2022, indicating the brisk activity, especially in container, livestock and building materials sectors, according to Mwani Qatar.
The number of ships calling on Qatar's three ports stood at 274 in June 2022, which was 28% higher compared to May 2022 but declined 8.97% on an annualised basis. As many as 1,392 ships had called on three ports during the first six months of this year.
With only few months to go for FIFA World Cup, the mega sporting event; Doha Port is boosting efforts to transform the country into an attractive regional tourist destination serving global cruise ships as well as providing the facilities needed for the economic diversification being pursued by Qatar National Vision 2030.
"Qatar’s maritime sector is expected to witness another year of strong growth in light of the efforts taken by the concerned authorities to boost goods traffic at the ports, with expectations of supply chains improving during the next few periods," Mwani Qatar said in its latest annual report.
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 - saw as many as 122 vessels call on the port.
The container handling through three ports stood at 118,081 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units), which showed a 0.28% increase month-on-month but shrank 9.73% on yearly basis in June 2022. The container handling through the three ports stood at 698,918 TEUs during January-June this year.
Hamad Port, which is the largest eco-friendly project in the region and internationally recognised as one of the largest green ports in the world, saw 115,297 TEUs of containers handled this June.
The port was ranked the third most efficient gateway in the world on the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence's 370-member container port performance index for 2021.
The three ports had handled 25,600 livestock in June 2022, which more than quadrupled on a monthly basis and it soared about 10-fold year-on-year. The ports had handled a total 99,268 heads during January-June this year.
The building materials traffic through the three ports amounted to 35,469 tonnes in June this year, which expanded 10.58% and 10.35% month-on-month and year-on-year respectively in the review period. A total of 260,749 tonnes of building materials had been handled by these ports in the first half of 2022.
The three ports handled 6,506 vehicles (RORO) in June 2022, which registered a 9.77% growth on a monthly basis but declined 5.9% on an annualised basis. They together handled as many as 38,063 vehicles during January-June 2022. Hamad Port alone handled 6,447 units in June this year.
The general cargo handled through the three ports was 101,415 tonnes in June 2022, showing a 36.45% and 42.52% shrinkage month-on-month and year-on-year respectively.
Hamad Port - whose multi-use terminal is designed to serve the supply chains for the RORO, grains and livestock - handled 31,192 freight tonnes of break-bulk and 63,169 freight tonnes of bulk in June this year.
On a cumulative basis, the general cargo movement through the three ports totalled 854,029 tonnes in the first six months of this year.