Sharjah ports picking up pace

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Sharjah’s reputation as an important maritime destination continues to grow with its three ports, Port Khalid, Hamriyah Port and Khor Fakkan Port, steadily boosting their capacity.

The Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) located at Port Khalid handled 400,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in 2014, showing a big jump from previous year’s volumes. SCT was the first container terminal in the UAE which started its operation in 1976. The terminal has a capacity of 750,000 TEU and is equipped to handle further increase in traffic.

A new liquid and solid cargo terminal is coming up at Hamriyah Free Zone located near the Hamriyah Port. The new 30,000-square-meter cargo terminal is equipped to store commodities including chemicals and petrochemicals. The new terminal will also have a petrochemical processing plant. The 14.5-metre deep water harbour at Hamriyah Port already has dedicated berths for LPG tankers and food grains.

Khor Fakkan, the third port of Sharjah, has made the most of its geographical location. It is located outside the Strait of Hormuz. Ships headed to the Indian sub-continent and Africa also save valuable fuel and voyage hours by passing through Khor Kakkan bypassing the Arabian Gulf. One of the world’s leading transhipment ports, it is also well connected with interior parts of the UAE via roads. Currently, the port has an annual capacity of around 5 million TEU. The cargo terminal at Khor Fakkan has been upgraded and has a storage facility of 45,000 TEU.

There is also provision to accommodate over 1,000 reefer containers or refrigerated containers which contain perishable items like fruits and vegetables. The port was the first in the region to receive the world’s largest container ship, Marco Polo.

Handy Hints
• Sharjah has three ports: Khalid, Hamriyah and Khor Fakkan
• SCT located in Port Khalid has posted an impressive growth
• New liquid/solid cargo terminal coming up at Hamriyah Port

Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer

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