The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Mwani Qatar have signed a container service agreement that will use the Port of Hamad as a regional transshipment hub. “The agreement between “Mwani Qatar” and MSC is part of the Ministry of Transport and Communications` strategic plan to transform Qatar into a dynamic regional shopping centre in the region,” commented Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar). The agreement also improves the competitiveness of Qatar and Hamad Port on the regional and international maritime map, as it will help attract more transload containers and encourage more international shipping companies to add Hamad Port to their regional routes and sign similar agreements in the future. “The agreement also helps to capitalize on the various advantages of Qatar`s strategic position on international shipping routes and strengthens Hamad`s position and role in the national economy, in line with Qatar`s national vision for 2030,” added Captain Abdullah Al Khanji, CEO of Mwani Qatar. Photo: Image Courtesy: Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications As described, from January 2020, MSC will manage up to 150,000 TEUs per year in the port, by 2023 to one million TEUs.