14 Jan 2018 - 10:10
Hamad Port adds South Korea to its growing network
DOHA: Hamad Port, Qatar’s gateway to world trade, announced yesterday the addition of a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to its growing network list.
HMM’s 365.5-metre-long ‘Hyundai Drive’ made its first call to Hamad Port yesterday, marking the official start of a new Hyundai Merchant Marine’s KME (Korea Middle East Express) service.
With a capacity of 13,154 TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) and a draft of 14 meter ‘Hyundai Drive’ is the largest container vessel to enter the Hamad Port.
The new HMM’s KME plans to operate weekly direct services to Hamad Port covering a number of major ports in Asia, including ports of Kwangyang, Busan (South Korea), Ningbo, Kaohsiung, Yantian and Shekou ports (China), Singapore, Port Klang (Malaysia).
Officials standing beside Hyundai Merchant Marine’s 365.5-metre long ‘Hyundai Drive’, which made its first call to Hamad Port yesterday.
“We are pleased to announce the start of a new direct service from one of Asia’s largest shipping lines to Hamad Port, which will enhance customer options and provide fast and secure solutions to local as well as international import and export companies with less transit time and lower cost,” said Capt Abdul Aziz al Yafei, Director of Hamad Port.
This significant accomplishment comes within the framework of a comprehensive plan implemented by Mwani Qatar under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in order to expand Hamad Port’s direct shipping line networks and eliminate the intermediate ports by 100 percent, supporting port’s status regionally and internationally and ensuring the stability of the domestic market, he added.
Al-Yafei further said the arrival of container ship ‘Hyundai Drive’, reflects world’s shipping lines’ confidence in Hamad Port and its ability to handle world’s mega vessels in line with the modern technology available through Port, which makes it one of largest and most well-equipped ports in the region.
He noted that Hamad Port has made significant achievements at the regional and international levels in a short period of time, adding that the Port, in 2017, received a total of 1,748 vessels and handled 772,835 TEU containers, 1,165,180 tonnes general cargo, 606,412 heads of livestock and 65,096 of RORO.
Hyundai Merchant Marine is a leading global shipping company operating over 130 state-of-the-art vessels encompassing more than 60 sea routes to over 100 ports of call. Established in 1976, HMM is currently one of the top 5 Trans-Pacific carriers and one of the top 10 carriers in the global shipping industry.