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2nd GCC Logistics Conference
Manama, Bahrain, April 26-27, 2017

Under the patronage of:
H.E. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed
Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kingdom of Bahrain

Mr. Alfred Simms-Protz
Ambassador of Germany to the Kingdom of Bahrain

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Hardiman, CEO of APM Terminals, Kingdom of Bahrain
Chairman of the Workshop: "Global Shipping Trends and Impact on GCC" on April 26, 2017 at the GCC Logistics Conference
Mark, what is APM Terminal' business in GCC?
In Bahrain APM Terminals operates the Khalifa Bin Salman Port, which is the only commercial port in the Kingdom. The container terminal in KBSP is set up as a transshipment hub for the region but specifically suited, due to its geographic location, to serve the northern gulf. Besides running a container terminal we also offer various other services, for example CFS and LCL stripping and warehousing, container stuffing, General Bulk and Livestock operations. We also operate the passenger terminal for all cruise and passenger vessels that call Bahrain. Outside of Bahrain, but still in the GCC, APM Terminals also have operations in KSA and Oman in the form of Joint Ventures with strategic partners. APMT is a major shareholder and has the management contract to run the Port of Salalah, which offers not only container services, but also the handling of various general cargoes, dry and wet bulk. In KSA we are 50/50 JV partners with YBA Kanoo in Kanoo Terminal Services (KTS), which is a logistics provider offering an array of services all across the Kingdom including trucking, container depot services and container repairs as well as other value adding services for our customers.
What is your company size in GCC?
APM Terminals globally employs 22,000 people, and in 2016 annual revenue was 4.17 Billion USD. We operate 73 ports / terminals in 69 countries and 140 inland services facilities in 39 countries. We are about the 3rd largest port operator in the world, however have the largest geographical spread. In Bahrain we employ approx. 500 people directly and approx. 400 people on contractual basis.
Mark, how was your business in 2016?
As the Managing Director, I can talk about Bahrain, and there is no doubt that 2016 was a difficult year and this has affected all businesses including ours. We had a marginal increase in local container throughput of around 3%, however we had a 45% decrease in our general cargo throughput compared to 2015. This is obviously a function of the market that we are operating in, which is quite heavily affected by the oil price. The beginning of 2017 has shown some mild improvement so far, which is driven to a certain extent by some of the major projects in Bahrain, which are stimulating more consumption.
What do you expect from the GCC Logistics Conference 2017?
A higher awareness to the market of all the unique value propositions that not only APM Terminals offers, but also the Bahrain market as a whole. There are many advantages of doing business with and in Bahrain and it is very important that we get the message out so people realize and start taking advantage of these benefits.
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