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Gulftainer Growth To Soar In 2013

Gulftainer, the port management and logistics group headquartered in Sharjah, UAE, is set to witness volumes soar in 2013 as the Group continues to expand its global footprint.

As the operator of the largest number of terminals in the Middle East region, Gulftainer stands to benefit from the considerable growth in export cargos from the Region. The rapidly developing petrochemical industries serve as a major factor in offsetting any reduced import volumes.

This announcement by Gulftainer is especially noteworthy, since recent industry trends appear to be moving in the opposite direction. The Drewry Global Throughput Index, which is published with a two month lag, is highlighting that the market as a whole has continued to stay almost at the 2012 levels, reflecting almost nil growth. Furthermore, recent announcements by other international port management companies showing up to 6% decreases on the same period last year. China has also made statements to the effect that they expect 2013 to be “even worse” than 2008 in terms of global shipping.

Gulftainer acquired the 51% stake in GSCCO in June 2013, allowing it to assume the full management of three Saudi terminals, located in Jeddah and Jubail. The Company recently bought the controlling stake in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in Saudi Arabia and it is this new acquisition means that Gulftainer now has a Middle East network that allows access to the Arabian Peninsular from the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf. The geographical scope of Gulftainer’s terminals and their capabilities not only serves the largest container vessels in the world, but also caters for transhipping to East Mediterranean countries, East Africa, the Indian Sub-continent and Upper Gulf destinations.

Commenting on the company’s recent GSCCO acquisition, Badr Jafar, CEO of Gulftainer’s parent Crescent Enterprises and Vice-Chairman of Gulftainer, said; “Today, Gulftainer manages more terminals in the Middle East than any other port operator. Having achieved the reputation amongst shipping lines of being one of the fastest terminal operators in the world, Gulftainer is able to take its UAE-honed expertise to terminals in other high-growth markets across the World”.

Jeddah’s NCT has recently undergone significant expansion which will substantially improve the capability of Jeddah Islamic Port. The facility currently consists of 1,654m of quay, 11 cranes, seven of which are super post panamax cranes, with an annual capacity of three million TEUs. Almost 75% of all container traffic to the Kingdom is currently handled through the Port of Jeddah, and it is a major trade gateway for the Kingdom’s container traffic.

Located on the Arabian Gulf, Jubail is home to the development of the largest industrial zone in the world covering 8,000 hectares, comprising petrochemical plants, fertilizer plants, steel works, and an industrial port as well as the world’s largest desalination plant. Jubail Port is one of the largest industrial ports in the world and currently handles 52 million tonnes of cargo per annum, a figure which is expected to grow substantially in the short to medium-term. JCP is equipped with a 1,282m quay, five cranes and has a container handling capacity of 1 million TEU per annum. It is expected that this figure will continue to increase quickly, particularly with the opening of major petrochemical developments in the Jubail Industrial Zone and the planned rail link to Riyadh. GSCCO currently operates 22 commercial berths at the Port, including the open sea tanker terminal.

Speaking on the expected growth, Peter Richards, Gulftainer’s Managing Director, stated, “The benefit of being privately owned allows the Gulftainer Group to be very nimble and react to changing market conditions. Our throughput in 2013 will see an increase of over 30% as a result of strategic acquisitions and a very hands-on management team that keep close to our customers to understand and prepare for changes.”

Further afield, Gulftainer has invested in Brazil and Russia to ensure they are well placed to capitalize on the roaring pace of development in the “BRIC” economies where annual growth is still reaming strong, compared to the mature economies of Europe and North America.

“We look forward to maintaining the Gulftainer track record established over the past 37 years of delivering growth year on year. Historically, organic growth was the ‘Gulftainer engine’, today we are adding growth through our carefully considered investments both regionally and more globally. This is an exciting time for Gulftainer and we look forward to increasing our footprint across regional and global markets in the near future,” Peter Richards added.

Via EPR Network
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Ferry operator Stena Line offers business travellers a smarter way to travel with the Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service

Leading ferry operator Stena Line has launched plans to attract the international business traveler by offering business travellers a smarter way to travel to Holland with Stena Line’s Harwich to Hook of Holland ferry service.

Stena Line Ferries have announced they are looking to fill what they see as a previously overlooked gap in the international travel market and believe they have the answer. To this end Stena are offering what they feel is the ideal travel solution for both business travellers from East Anglia and busy city workers travelling to Holland, with the Dutchflyer ticket which allows them to take the regular train service from a variety of locations such as London Liverpool Street to Harwich Port, in just over ninety minutes, where passengers can transfer over to the ferry.

Travelling with Stena Line offers business travellers the chance to quickly and easily set off after a day in the office, and still be able to do their work on the ship in the comfort and quiet of the WiFi enabled Stena Plus lounge. Business travellers will also be able to get a good night’s sleep before waking up in Holland feeling refreshed and relaxed, having avoided the stress of busy airport terminals and long check-in queues.

The Dutchflyer ticket provides travellers with transport to many major Dutch cities including Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague making it ideal for business meeting arrangements.

The newly refurbished Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica boast onboard facilities that provide business travellers to Holland with useful amenities such as WiFi – so that it is easy to check e-mails and access the Internet.

The Stena Plus lounge allows passengers to work in a quiet and calm environment with the added bonus of complimentary hot and cold beverages and light snacks. Or travellers can put business to one side for a while and take some time to relax with the newspapers and magazines on offer.

Those looking for ultimate privacy can book one of the newly-refurbished cabins. In the Captain Class Cabins there is a high quality Dux Mattress with a comfortable Quadro bedspread as well as the free WiFi internet access and a bureau with a writing case for additional notemaking. Plus the rooms boast a flat screen television for passenger use in order to take time out and relax. The complimentary mini bar also comprises a quarter Piper Heidsieck Champagne, bottles of mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer and snacks.

Peckish passengers needn’t go hungry as they can eat at one of several onboard eateries and those travelling on the overnight service can enjoy a complimentary breakfast enabling them to arrive fresh and ready to get on with business upon arrival in Holland.

In the UK alone, Stena Line offers two daily crossings on its Harwich to Hook of Holland route and over 30 daily crossings on its five different routes to Ireland (Stranraer to Belfast, Fleetwood to Larne, Holyhead to Dublin, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare) as well as providing fast and efficient crossings with excellent onboard services and facilities.

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