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Mina Salman port handover is postponed

PLANS to hand Mina Salman port over to the government yesterday had to be postponed. APM Terminals, which manages both the old port and the new Khalifa bin Salman Port, said there were still hundreds of containers at Mina Salman - despite an ongoing decommissioning.

"We have decided together with the General Organisation for Ports to have the handover after two weeks, probably on May 15," said APM Terminals managing director Steen Davidsen.

"This is because we still have more than 400 full containers at Mina Salman.

"We wanted to hand over the project after emptying the port."

Mr Davidsen said some staff would continue working at Mina Salman until the end of next week.

"We shall then start moving everything to the new port in Hidd and we hope Mina Salman port will take its final bow by May 15, almost 50 years after it started full operations," he told the GDN.

The BD131-million Khalifa bin Salman Port became fully operational on April 16.

"We have been successfully accomplishing the challenging task of operating Mina Salman for the last two years and we now look forward to the more demanding assignment at the new port," said Mr Davidsen.

"We are now ready to usher in a new era for Bahrain with this extremely modern and fully automated facility with the latest infrastructure in place.

"We are looking forward to building on the progress we have already made." A joint venture with YBA Kanoo Holdings of Bahrain, APM Terminals Bahrain was established in 2006 to operate port, marine and related services in Bahrain.



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