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Shaikh Daij ... viable logistics hub.

Shaikh Daij ... viable logistics hub.

Warehouse goes up at Bahrain Logistics Zone

May 2011

FOUNDATION work on Almoayed Wilhelmsen’s warehouse facility in Bahrain has begun and is progressing steadily at the kingdom’s only dedicated customs-free, value-added logistics park.

The project at the Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ) is scheduled for completion by December this year. Located within the Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) and the industrial community, the BLZ will offer companies land to build dedicated value-added warehousing facilities tightly integrated with the kingdom’s maritime and distribution capabilities.

Under administrative jurisdiction of the General Organisation of Seaports (GOP), the BLZ is set to facilitate streamlined movement of logistics traffic, positioning Bahrain as a multimodal logistics centre for Saudi Arabia and the Northern Gulf.
Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, chairman of GOP, said: “We are proud to announce that Almoayed Wilhelmsen remains committed to the development of its presence in the Bahrain Logistics Zone, and is moving ahead with the construction of its new warehouse on site. Piling work is under way and is progressing well. The BLZ will support and monitor the construction process, as with all our clients, as part of the BLZ’s overall aim of establishing a benchmark for high-quality logistical operations.

“We have signed a 20-year lease agreement and are confident that Almoayed Wilhelmsen will positively contribute to Bahrain’s growing national economy. With the commencement of construction, we are certain that the project will add value as it progresses in terms of generating investments, creating new job opportunities and further solidifying Bahrain’s position as a viable logistics hub in the Gulf,” he added.

Almoayed Wilhelmsen is part of Wilhelmsen Ships Service, a globally-renowned maritime service company.

In October last year, the company signed a 20-year agreement with the BLZ leasing more than 4,000 sq m of land at the state-of-the-art logistics park. The modern, environmentally-sound, high-quality warehouse facility will be capable of significantly enhancing the company’s storage capacity.

Per Jorgensen, general manager of Almoayed Wilhelmsen, said: “We look forward to expanding our business here in the Gulf, and are determined to complete the construction of our new warehouse facility at the BLZ according to schedule. This will help us achieve maximum benefit in terms of operational efficiency here in the region.

“We are positive that the kingdom of Bahrain will play a major role as a transhipment hub, supporting the logistics activities over the next 20 years, and we will be able to contribute effectively to those activities through our new warehouse facility.

“The BLZ’s strategic location, which is in close proximity to the kingdom’s Khalifa Bin Salman Port, and its access to prime transportation links, made it our preferred base for expanding our operations. Our new facility at the BLZ, when completed, will contribute to the realisation of Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, and will allow us to offer comprehensive logistics solutions to our customers with value-added goods and products,” Jorgensen added.

He said GOP remains committed to demonstrating the professional excellence of the maritime and shipping industry and to offering quality services to meet the increasing needs of users and stakeholders alike.

“GOP has been actively promoting the kingdom’s logistics and maritime credentials by reaching out to potential target markets through international and regional road shows,” he concluded.

Recently GOP was awarded the ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems (QMS) certification for conformity to the highest international standards across all its activities and across all departments within the organisation.

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