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Record traffic for Kuwaiti ports

Record traffic for Kuwaiti ports

Kuwait City: Sharjah-based Gulftainer, which has a team working in Kuwait with the Kuwait Ports Authority to improve container handling facilities in the country, advise that improvements in operational performance enabled the combined terminals of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba to handle a record 515,325 moves totalling 753,334teu in 2006.
Even better volumes are expected for 2007. Provisional first quarter figures are 15% higher in terms of moves and 19% higher in teus compared to the same period in 2006.  In addition to the rapidly expanding local Kuwaiti economy as one of the historic gateways to Iraq, volumes transiting Kuwait are also expected to increase.

Plans have already been made for expanding the container handling capabilities to cater for future cargo increases. New gantry cranes and yard equipment, redevelopment of stacking areas, and installation of enhanced computer systems are all in the pipeline, in addition to the deepening and widening of the approach channel to allow larger ships to use the terminals.  [04/06/07]

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