Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mwani Qatar have announced that they have entered into a container services agreement that will see MSC use Hamad Port as a regional hub for transhipment.
As outlined by local media sources, starting in January 2020, MSC will manage up to 150,000 TEUs per year at the port, growing to one million TEUs by 2023.
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Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications and Board Chairman of Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar), said, “The agreement between “Mwani Qatar” and MSC is part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ strategic plan to transform Qatar into a vibrant regional trading hub in the region.
“The agreement also enhances the competitiveness of Qatar and Hamad Port on the regional and international maritime transport map, as it will help attract more trans-shipment containers as well as encourage more international shipping lines to add Hamad Port to their regional routes and sign similar agreements in the future.”
“The agreement also contributes to the utilization of the differential advantages of Qatar’s strategic location on international maritime trade routes and enhances Hamad’s position and role in the national economy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030,” Captain Abdullah Al Khanji, Mwani Qatar CEO, added.