Gulftainer, which operates Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) in the UAE, recently achieved a new productivity record at the Port Khalid facility. The company recorded 32.2 gross crane moves per hour, which compares to the industry average of 25 crane moves per hour, and marks the fastest container handling levels at SCT since its inception.
In addition, SCT has registered a high volume of demand from customers for its new warehouse facility in Port Khalid. Shed 3, inaugurated in March 2018, 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. Shed 3 replaces the existing Shed 2 space, which will be removed to facilitate ongoing capacity expansion at SCT through the extension of the rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) stacks.
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. 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.
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, Buarque has extensive experience having held senior leadership positions in port operations in Brazil, Europe and Africa.