GAC Qatar, a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services, has inaugurated its full-fledged office at Ras Laffan, one of the world’s largest hydrocarbons export ports, as part of its expansion plans.

The official opening comes as the company celebrates 40 years since its establishment, and confirms its position as one of the leading companies offering full shipping and logistics services as well as support for offshore projects from the port, which is operated and managed by Qatar Petroleum, said a statement from the company.

Previously, GAC handled operations at Ras Laffan in an Owners’ Protecting Agency (OPA) capacity and, from May 2017, with a team based there to provide ship agency and support services, it said.

GAC Qatar general manager Daniel Nordberg said that the decision to set up an office there was in direct response to growing activity and demand for services at the port.

Ras Laffan is the only port for offshore field support in Qatar, and all the field operators are based there.

In 2018, the number of port calls handled by GAC Qatar increased about 70 per cent from the previous year. Much of that growth was related to Ras Laffan, hence the decision to establish a full operation there, said the statement.

Nordberg said: “We have been able to respond to growing demand for our services at the port with the support of the authorities, for which we are very grateful.”

“LNG is a key driver for growth in Qatar, with exports forecast to increase further by about 40 per cent. We have what it takes to provide the logistics and shipping support for that sector, and we are keen to play our part to support Qatar Vision 2030, both in Ras Laffan and throughout the country,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service

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