A new regular feeder service operated by Yang Ming Lines (YML) has started operations to Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT).
An announcement by Sharjah-based terminal and logistics firm Gulftainer, which operates the terminal on behalf of the Sharjah Ports Authority, said the steady flow of containers through the terminal has not declined in volume as imported goods continue to move to supply businesses in Sharjah and beyond.
Paul Hennessy, Manager of SCT, said: "We did not see any decline in container volumes in 2009, and 2010 seems to have started well. Indicative of this consistency is the arrival of a new regular feeder service operated by YML, whose YM Xiamen is now a regular weekly visitor at SCT."
Welcoming the start of calls at the port by the 350 TEU, 107-metre long vessel, he said: "The ship is easy for us to work and as always, we get first-class professional assistance from Yang Ming and their agents.
"We hope that YML and their customers have a successful 2010 and increased regular business at SCT."
Civil works to improve the facilities at SCT are also moving ahead well with the renovation of berths. The modifications include a new, strengthened quay wall, constructed three metres seaward of the existing quay wall to facilitate dredging work; mobile harbour crane power supply sockets installed along the berths; a new 33kV substation; new bollards and fenders installed along the length of the three berths; and a new interlocked quay surface laid between the seaward and landward rails.
Gulftainer has been operating in the UAE since 1976, and manages two ports in the country, SCT and the Khorfakkan Container Terminal. SCT was the first purpose-built and fully-equipped modern container terminal in the Middle East, and lies adjacent to Sharjah's industrial area, which accommodates more than 45 per cent of the non-oil manufacturing capacity of the UAE. It handles containers on behalf of more than 30 shipping lines.
Keep up with the latest business news from the region with the Emirates Business 24|7 daily newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.