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Sharjah Container Terminal can handle 400,000 TEUs at present, but construction commenced in early 2007 on a major expansion at SCT.
increase. While most growth is at the Jebel Ali facility, ports in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah managed by the company are also showing an increase in business.
Building on an impressive performance in 2005, 2006 throughput at Sharjah Container Terminal increased by 24 per cent over the previous year. SCT's container volumes grew to 282,082 TEUs from more than 230,000 TEUs in 2005, prompted by good terminal performance, a wide range of shipping lines offering direct and relay services and an increasingly recognised advantageous position in the centre of the rapidly expanding Sharjah and UAE markets. Sharjah can handle 400,000 TEUs at present, but construction commenced in early 2007 on a major expansion at SCT.
To accommodate future growth in the thriving port, two new Post Panamax gantries are to be purchased, as well as landside handling equipment and trailers. Two new MHCs are already in operation. In addition, a new berth will be created at right angles to the current terminal, the overall draft will be improved to 12.5 metres, and an additional storage area of 30,000 square metres will be constructed.
However, throughput at Sharjah’s Khor Fakkan Container Terminal (KCT), a leading regional trans-shipment hub, dropped almost 9 per cent in 2006 from the previous year. KCT achieved a throughput of 1.73 million TEUs in 2006 compared to about 1.9 million TEUs in 2005 and is capable of handling 3 million TEUs per year. Gulftainer, which operates both KCT and SCT on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority, expects container traffic to rise in 2007 with the introduction of new services. The delayed first stage expansion completion may also have contributed to the Khor Fakkan decline as some shipping lines deferred consideration of calls until it was finished. About 400 metres of quay and up to six Super Post Panamax gantries will be added at Khor Fakkan in a second stage expansion that has been approved by the Sharjah government.
Although Ajman Port only commenced container operations in April 1999, the port handled approximately 50,000 TEUs in 2006.