Manama, Bahrain

Port of Call: Manama, Bahrain

Manama is the capital city of the Kingdom of Bahrain and serves as the main point of entry for import cargo. With a history dating back to the early 1300’s, Manama holds significant historical importance to Bahrain. In order to accommodate incoming international shipping services, extensive development and construction of the port took place in the early 1950’s. Prior to the development and opening of the Mina Salman terminal in Manama, the port was unable to accommodate large vessels. After 1962 a deep water port was created to allow large container vessels into the port.

The port of Manama has undergone a number of transformations over the years. In the 1970’s there were issues with severe overcrowding due to the influx of international cargo including construction equipment shipping and overseas car shipping services. The expanded port had over 15 container berths and handled over 2.5 million tons of cargo every year. In 2009 the Khalifa Bin Salman port was opened to take over main cargo operations from the Mina Salman terminal. The new port is now capable of handling the largest cargo vessels as well as roll-on / roll-off vessels for international automobile shipping and heavy equipment shipping services into Bahrain.

Some notable features of the port of Manama, Bahrain:

    • The Khalifa Bin Salman port is equipped with the latest cargo screening technology including non-intrusive inspections and faster customs clearance.
    • The Mina Salman port became a free port in 1958, allowing cost-effective entry of various international shipping services into the Kingdom of Bahrain.
    • The USA exports over $267 million worth of vehicles and $175 million worth of machinery to Bahrain every year.
    • With direct access to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the port of Manama serves as a major global distribution center in the Middle East. The King Fahad Causeway links Bahrain with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia across the Arabian Gulf.

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