- Registers 32.2 crane moves per hour through April 2018
- Port operator witnesses high demand for new state-of-the-art warehouse facility, Shed 3
Sharjah-UAE:– Gulftainer, the world’s largest, privately owned, independent port operator based in the UAE, today announced that it had recorded gross crane productivity of 32.2 crane moves per hour at its flagship gateway terminal, Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), in Port Khalid. The milestone feat achieved in April 2018, compares to the industry average of 25 crane moves per hour, and marks the highest productivity levels at SCT since its inception.
In addition, SCT registered a high volume of demand from customers for its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Port Khalid, named Shed 3. Inaugurated on 20 March 2018, the warehouse has already filled up to over one-third of its total capacity, with local businesses choosing it as a cost-effective and efficient alternative to other storage facilities in the area.
Shed 3 is designed to store less than container load (LCL) shipments and loose-loaded cargo and includes a designated area for the storage of hazardous goods, certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The new warehouse is also located in proximity to the container terminal yards and berths, offering the convenience of destuffing within the facility, as well as on-site customs clearance. In addition, as an introductory offer, customers are currently being provided discounted storage benefits and attractive payment solutions.
The achievements at SCT follow the appointment of Emerson Buarque as the new Terminal Manager. Having recently relocated to SCT from Gulftainer’s Brazil operations, Buarque has extensive experience in the international markets administration and general management domains. He has held various senior leadership positions in port operations in Brazil, Europe and Africa, and has won several national and international accolades in projects, operations and health and safety management. Buarque graduated from the Brazilian Merchant Marine Academy in Rio de Janeiro, and completed his post-graduate studies in Business Administration, Port Management and General Management, in Brazil and Europe.
For his part, Emerson Buarque said: “Achieving this milestone at SCT demonstrates our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class performance. It showcases our service reliability, faster vessel turn-around time, and potential to handle higher volumes and more vessel calls. SCT remains a key gateway for incoming and outgoing container traffic within the fast-growing trade sector in the UAE.”
He added: “Our employee wellness programmes such as Positive Pulse, which has been recognised by the MEED health and wellness awards, validates that investing in the well-being of employees has significant productivity benefits. The importance of continuous employee training programmes on productivity records such as this one cannot be emphasised enough.”
Gulftainer is the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in the emirate of Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built up a strong presence in various parts of the world. In 2017 and 2016, The Seatrade Maritime Awards named Gulftainer the Terminal Operator of the Year in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa region. Gulftainer won the 'Technology Implementation of the Year' category in the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017. It also won the Logistics Middle East CSR Initiative of the Year award in 2018.
In the UAE, the company operates two main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT). Its flagship terminal, KCT, was recognised by the Journal of Commerce as the fastest terminal in the MENA region and the third-fastest in the world.
Outside the UAE, the Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries including Iraq (Iraq Container Terminal, Iraq Project Terminal and Umm Qasr Logistics Centre), Pakistan (GTL-MTI), Brazil (Recife Port), Lebanon (Tripoli Container Terminal) and Turkey (Momentum Logistics). In Saudi Arabia, Gulftainer acquired a 51 per cent stake in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in June 2013, and now operates the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah, Jubail Industrial Port and Jubail Commercial Port. The company’s latest facility, Canaveral Cargo Terminal in Florida, USA, opened in June 2015 following the signing of a 35-year agreement that made Gulftainer the first port management company from the Middle East to operate in the United States.
Currently handling an annual throughput of 5.2 million TEUs, Gulftainer aims to expand its global portfolio in the next 10 years to triple business volume worldwide to more than 10,000 vessel calls and triple container handling to 15 million TEUs. For further details, please visit www.gulftainer.com.
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