QTerminals, the recently-established operator of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed the general manager of the port authority at Suadia Arabia’s King Abdullah Port as its first CEO.
Neville Blisset brings with him experience gained from a number of other roles including managing director at an APM Terminals (APMT) joint venture in Africa, CEO of Hutchison Ports’ Alexandria Container Terminal, and CEO of Tanzania International Container Terminal Services.
Blisset said: “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.”
QTerminals was established 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.
Hamad Port began operations in October 2016 and in its first phase is capable of handling 2m teu per annum.
Following its completion in 2020 the port is expected to have an annual capacity of 7.5m teu.