Main Performance Indicators for 2015 Show Continued growth at Khalifa Bin Salman Port
The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has announced positive growth at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP)
Despite a slowdown in the global economy, with satisfactory results in 2015 compared to the results achieved in the past years.
Speaking about the 2015 results, Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Hassan Ali AlMajid said that statistics revealed 11% growth in the total local containers volume (exports and imports) at KBSP in 2015 as compared to 2014; as the total number of containers handling at the port reached 366,997 TEUs in 2015 as compared to 329,508 in 2014. Statistics also indicated a 12% increase in the volume of exported containers in 2015 reaching 183,144, compared to 163,527 TEUs handled in 2014. Imported containers recorded 11% rise compared to 2014 as the volume of imported containers was estimated at 183,853 containers in 2015.
Mr. AlMajed said that the strong performance achieved was due to the continued public-private partnership with cooperation and efforts of KBSP’s operator APM Terminals Bahrain, Customs Affairs, the Ministry of Interior’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs, Shipping Agents, Freight Agents, Customs Clearance Agents and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
His Excellency said that the total general cargo output handled by KBSP during 2015 increased by 41%; with total throughput of general cargo reaching 1,291,162 Freight Ton (FT). Additionally, the number of imported vehicles in 2015 climbed dramatically by 41% to reach 95,555 imported vehicles.
The number of cruise ships also recorded a 28% rise in 2015 compared with 2014; as the number of cruise ships berthed at KBSP reached 32 ships compared to 25 ships in 2014, which impacts positively on the national economy.
His Excellency said that the volume of transshipment containers at KBSP in 2015 recorded a 46% decline compared to 2014, as the number of transshipment containers reached 54,543 TEU in 2015. He attributed the decline to the slowdown in global economy and the big losses suffered by maritime transportation companies worldwide.
Khalifa Bin Salman Port is located on an area of 110 hectares of reclaimed lands on the northeast coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain, only 13 kilometers away from Bahrain International Airport. A highway links Khalifa Bin Salman Port to the King Fahd Causeway leading to Saudi Arabia. The total quay length at Khalifa Bin Salman Port is 1800m. KBSP is designed to receive cruise ships, general cargo ships and container ships, with a capacity of 1.1 million TEU. The Port provides shipping and maritime services as well as logistics in accordance with the highest level of international standards and specifications in this sector.
Operations in Khalifa Bin Salman Port are divided in three categories: containers handling, general cargo handling and cruise ships.
Khalifa Bin Salman Port occupies a strategic position in the Kingdom of Bahrain, providing high level facilities and rapid handling services aimed at minimizing turnaround time for ships. Its direct land link with Saudi Arabia further strengthens its position as a key regional port and major regional distribution center equipped with the most advanced systems in terms of infrastructure and port equipment.