Market Report, "Qatar Shipping Report Q4 2014", published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu Sep 18 2014

The Qatari shipping sector continues to be dominated by the export of the country's key commodity, natural gas, through the export terminal of Ras Laffan. Much of this is carried by national carrier Qatar Gas Transport (Nakilat). However, the country is looking to increase its container and dry bulk shipping presence as well, through the development of the New Doha Port, which is being developed with an eye towards capturing some lucrative transhipment trade. Further, Qatar is making its presence felt in foreign ports sectors and is investing in developing facilities in Egypt.

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* 2014 Port of Doha container throughput forecast to grow 5.4%, and to average 10.1% per annum to 2018 (including transferred operations to New Doha from 2016).
* 2014 Port of Doha total tonnage throughput forecast to expand by 30.2% to 1.11mn tonnes, and to average 26.9% per annum over our forecast period (including transferred operations to New Doha from 2016).
* 2014 total real trade growth forecast at -9.6%, and to average -6.4% over our forecast period as gas prices fall.

Key Industry Trends

Governments Plan To Link Bushehr FTZ With Al Ruwais Port: The Iranian and Qatari governments are working on plans to connect an upcoming free trade zone (FTZ) in the Iranian port city of Bushehr with the Qatari port of Al Ruwais. The two governments have reached a deal to set up the FTZ. Iran has already established an alliance of private businesses that will invest in the projects.

Nakilat Posts Strong Profit Growth: Nakilat posted a H1 net profit of USD123mn (QAR446mn), a 24.2% gain on the USD99mn taken in the same period the previous year. The company attributed the success to its strategic plan to develop the transport of LNG to international markets. The company already has the largest LNG shipping fleet in the world, but it is looking to further grow its business, not only in transportation but also in ship repair.

Nakilat Takes Over Vessel Management: In June Nakilat announced that it...

The Qatar Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Qatar.

BMI's Qatar Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Qatar.

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