:: Kuwait Information
 
The name Kuwait appeared around the middle of XIIth Century during the Hegira. It is an abbreviation which means "the invincible citadel" but it was also known under another name "Al-Qurain" which appears in shipping registers and was used by Portuguese, Dutch, and English travelers. Al-Qurain is an abbreviation for "the hill" or "elevated land".
               Oil was discovered in Kuwait in 1937 by the Oil Company of Kuwait in the Burgan field and was exported for the first time in 1946.
               Kuwait has earned a fine international reputation in the areas of art, trade, and for its strategic location which creates a natural link between the desert and the ocean.
               Kuwait occupies an area of 17,820 square kilometers, and has nearly 500 kilometers of coastline along the Arabian Gulf. Most of the country is flat desert plain, broken by coastal dunes, marshes, and salt depressions around Kuwait Bay, and an oasis in Jahra. Coarse grass grows in the desert most of the time. The country has nine offshore islands. Kuwait is essentially a city-state. There are smaller communities inland and to the south, but the vast majority of people live in Kuwait City on the Bay.
              Kuwait's road system is well developed, with modern multi-lane expressways linking all areas of the country. There are no railways in the country.
 
Kuwait Ports:
Kuwait has two Dry Cargo Ports and three Oil Terminals.
Dry Cargo Ports:
Oil Terminals:
  • Mina Al Ahmadi
  • Mina Al Shuaiba
  • Mina Al Abdullah
 
Shuwaikh Port:
Shuwaikh port lies on the south shore of Kuwait Bay. Shuwaikh port is considered the main commercial port in the country. It is one of the busiest ports in the Middle East, with twenty-one deepwater berths. It handles the bulk of merchant shipping trade and all types of vessels including liner, tramp, container, Ro-Ro, barges, fishing trawlers and small passenger ships. It has a total area of 3.2 million square meters and 1.2 million square meter water basin area.
                The port has 21 berths of which 14 berths with 10 meters depth, 4 berths with 8.5 meters depth and three berths with 6.7 meters depth. Total length of all berths is 4055 meters
                The vessels traffic to and from the port pass through a navigation channel dredged inside Kuwait bay. The length of the channel is about 4.3 miles (8 km and its depth is 8.5 meters at a minimum water tide level. The port can receive vessels of 7.5 meters draft at any tide condition and vessels of 9.6 meters draft at high tide.
 
 
Shuaiba Port:
Shuaiba port opened to serve the Shuaiba industrial area, the largest designated areas include petrochemical oil refining, gas liquefaction, cement manufacture and fish processing. Shuaiba is the second major port of Kuwait for handling commercial traffic. Priority is given to vessels for loading exports of the companies of the Shuaiba Industrial Area and for vessels having imports of raw materials, equipment and machinery for Shuaiba industrial area.
              Shuaiba Port is located 45 kms south of Kuwait city. The port is bounded by the southern pier of Ahmadi port from the north side and by Mina Abdullah from the south side. There are 20 commercial & container berths at Shuaiba port of 4,068 meters total length. Depths of these berths range from 10 to 14 meters. Four of these berths are used for container vessels. The oil pier has a water depth of 16 meters.
              There are two small Craft & Barge basins at the port. The small Craft Basin has a depth of (4) meters and contain three piers of 100,200,175 meters length. The Barge Basin has a depth of (6) meters and contains four piers of 211, 157, 287, 250 meters length.
              The port offers facilities for general cargo, containers, Ro/Ro, tankers and barges. The port comprises 3 main areas, namely dry cargo berths, small craft harbor, barge harbor and Chemical tanker berth.
 
 
 
 
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