This post was originally published on 15 June 2017.
As yet another measure to keep the supplies to the country intact, Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has launched a new direct maritime line between the Qatar and India, the “India Qatar Express Service” (IQX).
The ministry has announced this on its social media platforms yesterday also giving further details of the service on ministry’s website.
The line links Hamad Port in Qatar with Mundra (Gujarat) and Nhava Sheva Port (Maharashtra) in India.
At present, the vessels MV Hansa Magdeburg and MV Hansa Duburgh are conducting the service.
The new maritime line will be accepting coastal cargo from west and east coasts of India, for transhipment at Mundra. Transhipment cargo from South East Asia/Far East via Mundra too will be accepted.
The vessels will be visiting Hamad Port every Friday and the first shipment will have 710 containers. The capacity can be hiked as per the future requirement, MoTC informed.
This new service between Hamad Port and Sohar Port is part of the efforts of Ministry of Transport and Communications to build new partnerships to meet the growing needs of the local market and to strengthen Hamad Port as a vital business hub in the region, the statement said.