The Board of Directors of QTerminals, the recently-established operator of the first phase of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed Neville Bissett as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer.
Bissett brings experience from his previous role as General Manager of Ports Development Company, the master developer and Port Authority of King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Saudi Arabia.
He has held positions as MD of an AP Moeller Terminals (APMT) joint venture in Africa, Hutchison Port Holdings CEO of Alexandria International Container Terminals (AICT) and, subsequently, Tanzania International Container Terminals (TICT), among other senior management roles in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Hamad Port, a major element of Qatar National Vision 2030, began operations in early October 2016.
In its first phase, the port is capable of handling 2 million TEUs annually, and the number will rise to 7.5 million TEUs upon scheduled completion in 2020.
Hamad Port spans 28.5 square kilometers, and allows the latest generation of vessels to berth.
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QTerminals was set up as a jointly-owned entity by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha), with the former owning 51% and the latter 49% of the company.
Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has continued to extend its international reach after launching its first direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait.
Bissett said: “I am very excited to be joining QTerminals just as Hamad Port has been inaugurated by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
“Our priority will be to ensure the smooth, safe, and efficient flow of trade in and out of Qatar, and to maximize the capacity of the port as soon as possible.
“Our mission is not an easy one, but our capable team will strive each day to set the standard for quality of service and reliability in port operations through innovation, partnership, and accountability.”