Hutchison begins Saqr terminal operations
Sheikh Khalid bin Saud Al Qasimi (2nd left), Sheikha Amna bint Saud Al Qasimi (3rd left) and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi (3rd right) with Hutchison Ports staff
Port operator Hutchison Ports has officially begun operating at its terminal at Saqr Port in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the UAE.
Under a new concession agreement settled under the patronage of RAK emir Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Hutchison Ports will operate the facility, which will go under the name Hutchison Ports RAK, for 25 years.
The terminal lies 25 kilometres from Ras Al Khaimah city centre, near to the RAK Maritime City Free Zone and the industrial areas of Al Hamra and Al Ghail.
It is a four-berth, 350,000-teu facility containing an 800-metre-long quay with a 12-metre depth alongside, as well as a 20-hectare yard.
A commemorative ceremony, which was presided over by Sheikh Saud and Hutchison Ports Group managing director Eric Ip, was attended by more than 150 people.
In his address at the event, Sheikh Saud said: “One of our objectives in Ras Al Khaimah is to create business infrastructure that will attract investors and entrepreneurs from around the world.
“Hutchison Ports RAK and its plans for future development of the Saqr Port facilities are a key piece in our logistics puzzle which will encourage those with interest to make the commitment to Ras Al Khaimah.”
“RAK has a strong export base, with many fine shippers of ceramics, pharmaceuticals, glass, cement, crushed rock and other products,” Mr Ip said.
“These companies can now take advantage of a less congested and more sustainable multimodal shipping route to Jebel Ali and beyond.”