Qatar’s ports see 4 percent growth in container handling in Q1 2024

As many as 647 ships called at Qatar's ports in Q1
Qatar’s ports see 4 percent growth in container handling in Q1 2024
Mwani Qatar ports collectively handled 351,564 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers in the first quarter

Mwani Qatar ports, comprising Hamad Port, Doha Port and Ruwais Port, have demonstrated robust performance in the first quarter of 2024, with a notable 4 percent increase in overall container handling. The latest statistics from Mwani Qatar underscore the pivotal role of the maritime sector in driving economic growth and supporting Qatar’s vision for the future.

Performance highlights

During the first quarter, Mwani Qatar ports collectively handled 351,564 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers, marking a 4 percent growth compared to the same period last year. The ports also recorded significant increases in livestock (46 percent), roll-on/roll-off (RORO) units (4 percent), and building materials (6 percent), showcasing the diverse range of goods passing through the ports.

March 2024 witnessed a surge in port activity, with the three ports receiving 232 vessels, a 17 percent increase from February 2024. Mwani Qatar revealed that container handling saw a remarkable 23 percent increase, while livestock and building materials volumes rose by 66 percent and 28 percent, respectively. These figures indicate a robust and dynamic trade environment in Qatar.

During the first quarter, Mwani Qatar stated that 647 ships called at Qatar’s three ports. Moreover, the ports received 367,350 tonnes of general and bulk cargo shipments, 19,200 units of RORO vehicles, 221,125 heads of livestock, and 142,886 tonnes of building materials.

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Expansion and development

The success of Mwani Qatar ports can be attributed to ongoing efforts to enhance infrastructure and streamline operations. QTerminals, the terminal operating company of Hamad Port, reported significant achievements, including handling a record-breaking volume of container moves for one ship and maintaining high levels of crane and vessel productivity.

The expansion and modernization of Qatar’s ports align with the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030, particularly in terms of economic diversification and trade facilitation. By attracting investments, expanding shipping line networks and promoting sustainable growth, Mwani Qatar plays a pivotal role in advancing Qatar’s position as a global trade hub.

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