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Official opening for Bahrain Gateway

Official opening for Bahrain Gateway

Bahrain: The General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) officially inaugurated the Kingdom's new state-of-the-art Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), also known as Bahrain Gateway, at a ceremony held on December 6.

The Chairman of GOP, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, welcomed guests with a speech in which he thanked all those involved in the development and completion of the port, especially private partner APM Terminals Bahrain, operator of KBSP, for the smooth transfer of operations from Mina Salman Port .

The new port began operations on April 1 and occupies 110 hectares of reclaimed land on the Northeast of the Kingdom of Bahrain, with a total quayside of 1800 metres and a container capacity of more than 1.1m teu annually. It currently receives around 40 container vessels and 40 cargo vessels a month.

Shaikh Daij commented: "KBSP is the first multi-functional facility that is focused on imports, exports, re-exports, and other value-added economic activities in the region. It represents a quantum leap for Bahrain in the area of maritime shipping. The port is one of the most modern ports in the Arabian Gulf and it will help revive economic activity and attract foreign investments to the region, especially the Northern Gulf."  [08/12/09]