Gulftainer is a global port terminal operator with its corporate head office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company, established in 1976, has business operations throughout the world.
In the UAE, Gulftainer operates three container terminals on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority: Khorfakkan Container Terminal, located on the east coast, handling about four million TEUs annually; Sharjah Container Terminal, based in Port Khalid, which is a major import–export facility for industries located in Sharjah, in the UAE's industrial zones, and in the Northern Emirates, along with container facilities in Hamriyah Port. In addition, Gulftainer owns and operates the Sharjah Inland Container Depot (SICD), a large inland terminal that provides 35 covered warehouses, custom clearance, storage facilities and a container depot.
Gulftainer operates two terminals in Iraq: the Iraq Container Terminal and the Iraq Projects Terminal at the Umm Qasr Port along with the Umm Qasr Logistics Centre. Gulftainer added new facilities in Brazil and Lebanon to its portfolio in 2012 and 2013, along with a significant investment in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), based in Saudi Arabia. Gulftainer now operates eight terminals in the Middle East. Gulftainer also established Momentum, a third party logistics company focusing on transport, warehousing, container repair, logistics & freight solutions.
Gulftainer was formed in 1976 and was awarded the contract to manage and operate the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) by the Sharjah Port Authority. To augment its services, in the same year, Gulftainer purchased Speedtrux and Trucktainer and began its transport division. In 1986, the Sharjah Port Authority awarded Gulftainer a second contract to manage and operate Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) in Khorfakkan Port, Sharjah. In 1986, Gulftainer opened a container repair division at SCT and KCT to offer additional services to its customers and to keep pace with the growing UAE economy. In 2004, Gulftainer expanded beyond the UAE when the Kuwait Port Authority confirmed Gulftainer as consultant for Shuwaikh Port operations. Later that year, it inaugurated the purpose-built Sharjah Inland Container Deport (SICD) near the Sharjah–Dubai border.
The company expanded into South Asia in 2006, as it commenced joint ventures with Pak Shaheen for transport and logistics ventures in Pakistan, and into Africa when it formed Gulf-Com, a joint venture with Al Marwan to manage and operate Moroni Port in the Comoros Islands.
In 2008, a transport and logistics venture in Turkey began in partnership with Demas International; this also led to the launch of Momentum, a full-service third-party logistics company. Increased business lead to the acquisition of a logistics contract to operate Ruwais Port in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Sulaimaniyah Airport and Cargo Logistics, in Iraq in 2009.
The Iraqi Port Authority awarded Gulftainer the concession to operate and manage container facilities in Umm Qasr Port, the key marine gateway to Iraq. Terminal operations started on Berth 8 in August 2010; and a new container terminal, Iraq Container Terminal, with a capacity of 600,000 TEUs, commenced operations in mid-2012. In Iraq, Gulftainer is also active in transportation and has several investment projects throughout the country. In 2011, Gulftainer initiated a logistics city development in Umm Qasr. Umm Qasr Logistics City has a total area of 750,000 square metres, comprises two dock entry warehouses of 5,400 square metres each and one ground entry warehouse of 1,350 square metres, along with two administration buildings with 46 individual 31.5 square-metre office spaces with on-site customs, IPA and documentation offices.