Gulftainer Wins Port Operator Award


Middle Eastern based terminal operator Gulftainer has won the ‘Port Operator Award’ at the Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2015.

Flemming Dalgaard, CEO of International Operations at Gulftainer, received the award from Paul Holloway, Event Director at TOC Middle East, at the award ceremony held in Dubai.

Gulftainer was among six other finalists from the region and was chosen for the laurel that recognises a company or port authority that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service throughout the year.

Factors considered by the expert panel of judges included quality, tangible examples of innovation, improved efficiency and profitability.

Highly regarded in the shipping industry, the award also took into consideration evidence of sustained commitment to customer service, cost and operational efficiency, and an outstanding safety and environmental record.

Read a Technical Paper on Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Container Terminal

Lloyd’s List said: “While operating in a difficult business environment Gulftainer showed competitiveness in winning business in difficult and different locations.”

Flemming Dalgaard, CEO of International Operations at Gulftainer, said: “The port operator award from Lloyd’s List is a prestigious citation that underlines our tangible track-record in delivering quality across all aspects of our operation and our commitment to upholding impeccable service and safety standards.

“The honour crowns the efforts of Gulftainer during 2015, and the past years, to ensure the highest levels of operational efficiency. We have been investing in building our infrastructure and expanding our footprint globally, and the recognition demonstrates to our clients that we deliver industry-best service.”

Gulftainer reached a significant TEU milestone after seeing a combined throughput of one million containers handled at its terminals at Umm Qasr Port in Iraq.

Gulftainer aims to expand its global portfolio to reach 35 terminals across five continents, to triple business volume worldwide, with more than 10,000 vessel calls, and also triple container handling to 18 million TEU.

Fact File: Gulftainer’s current portfolio covers United Arab Emirates operations in Khorfakkan Port and Port Khalid in Sharjah; terminals in Iraq; and activities at Recife in Brazil, Tripoli in Lebanon, along with Jeddah and Jubail in Saudi Arabia. 

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