Gulftainer’s Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT)

Gulftainer’s Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT)

Gulftainer achieves record productivity

The port operator witnessed high demand for new state-of-the-art warehouse facility, Shed 3 and registered 32.2 crane moves per hour through April this year

July 2018

Sharjah-based Gulftainer, a leading privately-owned independent terminal operating and logistics company, said it has recorded gross crane productivity of 32.2 crane moves per hour at its flagship gateway terminal – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), in Port Khalid.

The key milestone achieved, compares to the industry average of 25 crane moves per hour, and marks the highest productivity levels at SCT since its inception, said a statement from Gulftainer.

In addition, SCT registered a high volume of demand from customers for its new warehouse facility in Port Khalid, named Shed 3. Inaugurated on March 20, the warehouse has already filled up to over one-third of its total capacity, with local businesses choosing it as a cost-effective and efficient alternative to other storage facilities in the area, it said.

With storage space and advanced racking systems, Shed 3 replaces the existing Shed 2 space, which will be removed to facilitate the SCT capacity expansion through the extension of the rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) stacks, it added.

Buarque: new role

Buarque: new role

Shed 3 is designed to store less than container load (LCL) shipments and loose-loaded cargo and includes a designated area for the storage of hazardous goods, certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The new warehouse is also located in proximity to the container terminal yards and berths, offering the convenience of destuffing within the facility, as well as on-site customs clearance. In addition, as an introductory offer, customers are currently being provided discounted storage benefits and attractive payment solutions, said a statement.

The achievements at SCT follow the appointment of Emerson Buarque as the new terminal manager. Having recently relocated to SCT from Gulftainer’s Brazil operations, he has extensive experience in the international markets administration and general management domains.

Buarque has held various senior leadership positions in port operations in Brazil, Europe and Africa, and has won several national and international accolades in projects, operations and health and safety management. He graduated from the Brazilian Merchant Marine Academy in Rio de Janeiro, and completed his post-graduate studies in business administration, port management and general management, in Brazil and Europe, it added.

“Achieving this milestone at SCT demonstrates our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class performance. It showcases our service reliability, faster vessel turn-around time, and potential to handle higher volumes and more vessel calls,” he stated.

“SCT remains a key gateway for incoming and outgoing container traffic within the fast-growing trade sector in the UAE,” he added.

Gulftainer is the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in the emirate of Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built up a strong presence in various parts of the world. In 2017 and 2016, The Seatrade Maritime Awards named Gulftainer the Terminal Operator of the Year in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa region. Gulftainer won the ‘Technology Implementation of the Year’ category in the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017. It also won the Logistics Middle East CSR Initiative of the Year award in 2018.

In the UAE, the company operates two main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – SCT and  Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT).

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