Port operators to partner on boosting GCC logistics

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
9 August 2022

Two port operators have agreed to collaborate on investment in logistics and facilities across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Africa, and Asia.

AD Ports Group and Hutchison Ports signed a memorandum of understanding to identify opportunities related to logistics and port activities.

The two organisations also formed a partnership to operate in Tanzania, where they will work to “further enhance the capabilities and market competitiveness of port operations across the East African country”.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, managing director and group CEO at AD Ports Group, said: “As a starting point, we will work together to enhance and elevate Tanzania Port’s standing as a world-leading trade hub. 

“AD Ports Group will advance plans to develop and implement an innovative logistics, transportation, and digital port management system, as well as investing in the development of new infrastructure, such as logistics centres and new inland container depots around Dar Es Salaam Port.”

Eric Ip, group managing director of Hutchison Ports, said: “Having operated in Tanzania since 2001, we are very committed to this market and its great potential. With strong support from local partners and the addition of AD Ports Group, this new partnership will certainly be greater than the sum of its parts. 

“Together, we look forward to working closely with the Tanzania Port Authority to further develop Tanzania International Container Terminal Services as we strive to ensure Dar Es Salaam Port remains the premier gateway to the East African region.”

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