The import boom and associated port congestion in the Gulf during the mid 1970's is reviewed. The author considers the consequent port development and asks whether the supply of new modern port facilities-believed to be 500 berths available or coming on stream-can be completely utilised. He suggests that great skill will be required to prevent the ports becoming economic burdens and that, inevitably, there will be intensive competition. To solve the problems of overcapacity the author outlines his company's future strategy for the ports of Port Khalid and Port Khor Fakkan in the Emirates of Sharja, U.A.E., to be to optimise revenue through a programme of specialisation and to minimise costs through a programme of increased efficiency. The development of containerisation at Sharjah, of a Gulf feeder service and the transshipment programmes for these two ports are described. The author suggests that the Gulf countries need to seriously review their port development plans and to be more analytical with regard to future needs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented to Arab Ports Conference, London, July 28, 1978, 15 p. Copies of original material available to members at a cost of 0.15 pounds per page, and to non-members at 0.30 pounds per page to include postage. There will be a minimum charge of 0.50 pounds to members and 2.00 pounds to non-members for this service.
  • Corporate Authors:

    International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn

    Abford House, 15 Wilton Road
    London SW1V 1LX,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Crawshaw, R
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: p. 5
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188753
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Cargo Handling Coordination Assn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM