Sharjah-headquartered terminal operator Gulftainer has been presented with the ‘Port Operator Award’ at the Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2015. Lloyd’s List provides information, analysis and knowledge for business decision makers in the global shipping community. The annual awards were held on 9 December 2015 in Dubai, where CEO International Operations Flemming Dalgaard received the award on behalf of Gulftainer.
The Lloyd’s List Awards series recognises the global shipping industry’s successes and sets benchmarks for excellence. Highly regarded in the shipping industry, the ‘Port Operator Award’ recognises a port operator that has maintained the highest standards of operational efficiency and customer service throughout the year. An expert panel of judges considered quality, tangible examples of innovation, improved efficiency, profitability and successful investment in port operations. Gulftainer was chosen from among six other finalists from the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.
Gulftainer is the largest privately owned terminal operator in the Middle East, operating Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) located at Port Khaled in the heart of the city of Sharjah, Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) on Sharjah’s east coast and an inland container depot on the emirate’s border with Dubai. Globally, Gultainer manages terminals in Iraq, Recife in Brazil, Tripoli in Lebanon, and Jeddah and Jubail in Saudi Arabia. In June, Gulftainer’s US business, GT USA, opened its new Canaveral Cargo Terminal at Port Canaveral in Florida. The operator signed a 35-year agreement with Canaveral Port Authority in 2014 to manage the port’s new container and multipurpose sea cargo terminal.
Gulftainer recorded 8 percent growth in container volume in 2014, handling a total of 6.4 million twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) across its global operations. Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan terminal is currently ranked in the top ten most productive ports in the world, according to the 2014 JOC Port Productivity report.
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 TEUs.