SPA to build container terminal in Hamriyah

DUBAI — Sharjah Ports Authority (SPA) is considering to build a container terminal in Hamriyah Free Zone, according to a source from the seaport authority.

By Jamila Qadir

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Published: Fri 29 Apr 2005, 11:53 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:10 PM

“Although it is not yet decided, eventually the new box terminal will be established there driven by the growing demand of customers of the free zone. And also for the free zone to grow further it needs to have a container terminal,” he said.

He ruled out the possibility of competition from the well established Jebel Ali container terminal, saying that even after the Jebel Ali’s expansion, there will be enough room for the new terminal and virtually for every operator in the region.

Sharjah ports have been running at full capacity for a number of years now, although the emirate has to be proactive in its search for new customers and consistent in accommodating its existing clients, he said,

adding that location-wise Sharjah has the same advantages as Dubai. Last year, Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) handled over two million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units), posting a record 25 per cent growth in container throughput over the previous year.

To stay ahead of customer demand and cope with the rising trends, KCT has already started work to develop KCT and raise potential throughput to over three million TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units) a year. Much of the dredging required to provide 16 metres of water depth alongside the quay wall is already complete and the infilling for the berth’ foundation is underway.

Located on the reverse side of the present facility, the multi-million dollar project will increase KCT’s present 1,060 metres of quay by 400 metres. The new quay to be protected by an 800 metres breakwater is designed to give maximum protection to the new berth, while at the same time providing the easiest possible access for 8,000 plus TEU capacity ships, which will enable them to speed up their turn around times.

Meanwhile, Sharjah’s largest port, Mina Khalid, is undergoing huge expansion, spurred on by increasing growth in container throughput in the region. The development will involve the construction of about 900 metres of quay length, which equates to four or five berths of equal length.

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