Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has launched the
first ever direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait, the two Gulf
countries which have diplomatic relations notwithstanding the sanctions imposed
by Saudi Arabia led coalition against Qatar. The shipping firm operates
services to three ports in the West coast of India.
The new service, named KQX (Kuwait Qatar Express Service), will operate
between Hamad Port in Qatar and Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait once a week initially,
using a 515 TEU vessel.
With 50 reefer plugs available on the vessel and a highly competitive transit
time of 1 day, the new service was started on August 16
Perishable products and food stuff are among other cargoes, coming into and
out of Qatar, as well as for connecting Kuwait to Milaha’s broader feeder
network in the Arabian Gulf and beyond. The service helps products meant for
Qatar are routed through Kuwait, the Gulf country not affected by Saudi
Commenting on the new service, Milaha’s President and CEO Mr. Abdulrahman
Essa Al-Mannai said: “Qatar and Kuwait have long enjoyed strong economic ties,
and today, we are building further on these ties with the launch of the Kuwait
Qatar Express Service. The service represents a fast and cost-efficient
solution, particularly for local and regional exporters aiming to enter the
Going forward, our track record in delivering reliable and innovative
supply chain solutions allows us to continue responding flexibly to our
clients’ specific requirements with solid value propositions.”
Milaha, continues to enhance its international reach 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 at two ports in Oman (Sohar and Salalah) and three
ports in India (Nhava Sheva, Mundra, and Kandla), offering enhanced connectivity
and transit times to Qatar and the region. The shipping line 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.
Milaha’s current activities include marine transportation in gas, petroleum
products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management and
operations; logistics services; ship yard; trading agencies; real estate
investments; and asset management.