Bahrain’s Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) has seen positive growth in both container and general cargo volumes over the past year, reflecting Bahrain’s improving economic and trade performance. Container volumes handled at KBSP, operated by APM Terminals Bahrain, were up by around 7 percent in 2017 compared with 2016 levels, while general cargo volumes jumped by 21 per cent.
The increases have been attributed mainly to growth in gateway cargo for local markets, including traffic carried on the Ocean Alliance MEA3 and MSC Cheetah services. Over the coming year APM Terminals Bahrain says it also plans to step up efforts to attract transhipment business to the port, serving markets in the Northern Gulf.
The port further operates a passenger terminal. This facility witnessed a 3 per cent growth in cruise vessel calls and a 23 per cent increase in passenger numbers last year.
Bahrain’s Ports and Maritime Affairs department is planning a major dredging programme, to enable new generation container vessels to call into Bahrain. Additionally, KBSP is also working on a dedicated IT self-service portal that will allow customers to track shipments, book appointments and make payments online.