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Volume :7 Issue : 25 1981      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

PROSPECTS OF PORT-COOPERATION IN THE ARAB GULF

Auther : Dr. Ibrahim Makki

 

         In recent years, colossal investments have been allocated to reconstruct and develop the ports and harbours of the Arab Gulf States.  The United Arab Emirates has, for instance allotted over 1800 Million Dollars to the development of its port-system, whilst Saudi Arabia’s expenditure in this direction, has exceeded 28 Billion Dollars for the development of only two of its commercial ports, namely: Jubail and Jiddah.  With the exception of oil harbours and artificial anchorages, the total number of commercial Arab ports in the Gulf are seventeen (17), having at present 155 piers, though additional 146 piers are now under construction.  New harbours are now also under way of construction in Ajman, Umm Al-Qouain and Al-Fojaira in the United Arab Emirates.  At the end of 1979 the overall length of port-piers mounted to 64 kilometers approximately, capable of servicing high-tonnage vessels.  Despite, the notable monthly variations in the tonnage received at different ports, yet, statistics portray the fact that most Arab ports in the Gulf receive a large number of vessels with small cargoes.  This indicates that if ideal cooperation between the Arab ports in the region could be maintained in the future, lesser number of vessels with larger cargoes, might call to the region’s ports.  This leads to the conclusion that the future development of Arab ports in the region would be futile unless competition between the Arab Gulf States in the development on indigenous ports, is brought to an end, and reconciliatory formulae between ship-owners (who accept cargoes irrespective of weight and volume) are attained.

         The geographical distribution of Arab ports in the region, shows their close proximity; with distances separating each from the other, ranging between 8 and 250 nautical miles.  If the present rate of construction and expansion of port facilities continues, the congestion of ports in the Gulf may become a serious problem, particularly when the similarity of imported merchandise and commodities, is taken into account.

         It is suggested, therefore, that under the umbrella of fruitful and effective cooperation between the Arab States of the Gulf, one or two of the major ports of the region, possessing the endowments of “locale” may be selected as “Mother ports”.  Concerted and joint efforts may be devoted to the development and expansion of such ports, according to international standards, in such a manner that may enable them to receive and service all highly advanced and technically well-equipped vessels.  The bulk of the small cargoes destined to the ports of the region, could be primarily discharged at the “Mother ports” and subsequently re-loaded on feeder vessels operating between the rest of the ports of the “branch ports” in the Gulf region.  Such a proposition is feasible, especially when the close proximity of all the ports of the region, is taken into consideration.  Therefore, if this proposal is adopted and the feeder system is employed, the number of port-calls would be greatly reduced, loading would become much faster and considerable savings in expenditure would be maintained.  In addition, the expected growth in maritime trade may also give attractive incentives to young people to join maritime services.  Moreover, cooperation between all Arab ports in the Gulf, would not only pay the way to closer ties between the Arab Gulf States, but would lead also, to re-channeling the colossal budgetary allocations assigned to the development of indigenous ports to wider horizons and prospects.  

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