Leading logistics provider opens $20m joint venture facility in Bahrain

The new joint venture facility, Schmidt Logistics Bahrain, was inaugurated on Wednesday.
Updated 08 November 2017
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Leading logistics provider opens $20m joint venture facility in Bahrain

nogaholding, the investment and business development arm of National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) in Bahrain, and Schmidt Heilbronn inaugurated on Wednesday its new joint venture facility, Schmidt Logistics Bahrain.
The $20 million facility is expected to create around 100 jobs in the logistics sector (directly and indirectly). Located in the Bahrain Logistics Zone, it will support the zone’s expanding operations, particularly in the chemical and petrochemical logistics market.
Mohamed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s minister of oil and chairman of nogaholding, said: “We would like to congratulate Schmidt on the launch of our new joint venture facility here in Bahrain, where there is great demand for its highly-specialized services.”
“Our new facility will have a significant positive impact on the regional chemical and petrochemical industries and facilitate quicker and easier transportation of goods around the GCC. Through our partnership with Schmidt we are proud to have supported the establishment of this facility, and will continue to provide support for its operations in the future.”
Thomas Schmidt, CEO and managing partner of Schmidt Group, said: “This new development is a reflection of the huge growth we see in the regional logistics industry. It also represents the confidence we have in Bahrain as one of our key strategic operational bases in the Gulf region. We originally chose to locate a significant proportion of our services in Bahrain because of the strong transportation links with neighboring countries, excellent logistics infrastructure and supportive regulations.”
He added: “We are now in a position to be able to capitalize further on these competitive advantages and expand our regional offering.”
Khalid Al-Rumaihi, chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), said: “The manufacturing and logistics sector is one of the strongest in the Kingdom and Bahrain attracted more than $200 million of investment into this sector in the first half of the year — investments that will create more than 1,000 jobs over the next three years. Joint investments such as Schmidt Logistics Bahrain enable the growth of this world-class industry and attract companies with specialized expertise and operational skills to Bahrain to support the supply chain, creating high-quality employment opportunities for the local market.”
Joint efforts from nogaholding, the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications, Bahrain EDB, Supreme Council for the Environment and Customs Affairs have led to the establishment of Schmidt Logistics Bahrain.


Saudi port ‘most advanced’

Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi port ‘most advanced’

King Abdullah Port has concluded its participation in the Global Infrastructure Congress by winning an award for the most advanced port. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the conference, which was recently held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai hotel. The event was held under the patronage of UAE’s Minister of Infrastructure Development Abdullah B. Al-Nuaimi, and in partnership with the Federal Transport Authority — Land and Maritime and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program.
Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “The award represents a culmination of the port’s efforts in realizing Vision 2030 as a key player in the maritime shipping and logistics sector.” He extended his thanks and appreciation to Al-Nuaimi for “the valuable award, which reflects the status the port has reached after only five years of operation.”
The award came in recognition of the port’s efforts in innovating new, distinguished practices in the port sector, in addition to providing world-class ideas, initiatives and projects that contribute to empowering and delivering sustainable and ready-to-use infrastructure solutions. It was announced that King Abdullah Port had won among more than 100 participants.
King Abdullah Port also participated in the Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum, which was attended by representatives from ministries, port authorities, private sector developers, and industry actors. Qutub delivered a detailed presentation on the port’s latest developments in regards to infrastructure and operations during a session titled “Global Perspectives and Best Practices.”
As of the end of 2017, King Abdullah Port has become the second-largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, and it was recently ranked the eighth fastest-growing port in the world in 2017, according to Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development.