Gulftainer director and general manager Peter Richards said, “When the financial crisis first appeared on the horizon we already had plans to expand Khorfakkan to cater to the greater number of large container vessels that were entering the market. As Phase 2 of the expansion nears completion (the) current increase in volumes and vessel size shows that the decision to go ahead with the expansion was the correct one.”
“Although the ports and shipping industry was quite severely affected by the global crisis, it is important that we continue to build for the future. The additional quay extension of over 400 m at Khorfakkan is now almost ready and with the additional four new state-of-the-art gantries, Sharjah’s ports are even more able to service increased numbers of ships, particularly larger vessels. The addition of these new gantry cranes will help to improve KCT’s already impressive performance even further in this respect,” Richards added.