(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: Milaha announced Tuesday the launch of the first direct reefer service between Qatar and Turkey.
The new service will be initially operated with one vessel with a capacity of over 5,000 tons per voyage, and will cater mainly to temperature-controlled cargo and breakbulk, with the option of adding containers on request.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Milaha's President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al Mannai said that trade volumes between Qatar and Turkey have significantly increased over the past few months, noting that the new service has been launched as a cost-effective and efficient solution for this growing demand.
This service perfectly complements Milaha's existing services, and will further enhance connectivity and facilitate trade between Qatari, Arabian Gulf, and Turkish importers and exporters, he added.
Over the past few weeks, Milaha had arranged two ad hoc voyages of reefer vessels from Turkey to Qatar; however, the company has moved to regularize the service, with departures every 20-25 days between Hamad Port and Port of Izmir, with a short transit time of 11 days.
Milaha continues to enhance its international presence and diverse portfolio of marine and logistics services. The company has recently expanded into several new shipping routes and accelerated deployment of new supply chain solutions across a number of countries.
Milaha currently calls two ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah), 3 ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), and one port in Kuwait (Shuwaikh) offering enhanced access options and transit times to Qatar and the region, and is actively evaluating further expansion of services.
The company was established in July 1957 as the first public shareholding company registered in Qatar and holds commercial registration no. 1. It's current activities include marine transportation in gas, petroleum products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management and operations; logistics services; shipyard; trading agencies; real estate investments; and asset management.