KUWAIT: Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) has filed a case against two national companies for violations committed in Al-Shuaiba port, one of three major commercial ports where KPA operates.
In a press statement, KPA said workers from the companies of KGL Holding and KGL International for Ports Warehousing and Transport brought operations to a halt on Sunday, when they blockaded the entrance and exit of Al-Shuaiba port with vehicles.
Calling the move unprecedented, the statement said that it led to a complete shutdown of business, leaving KPA with no choice but to enlist legal assistance to restore normalcy. If these violations are not ceased, then the transport of imports will be impeded, which will result in “complete paralysis”, the statement added.
On December 17, KPA had issued a decree number 16/2015, which authorizes KPA to mount any necessary legal action to preserve company assets and business, the statement said. Moreover, the statement revealed that KPA Director General Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Sabah Al-Nasser Al-Sabah has terminated the contracts of KGL Holding and KGL International for Ports Warehousing and Transport, with the termination in effect on December 31, 2015.
KPA has called on both companies to evacuate all property and staff from Al-Shuaiba port, the statement noted. KPA is looking forward to the resumption of duties in Al-Shuaiba port, the statement said.
With a rich and deep-rooted maritime tradition, Kuwait relies heavily on the port business as a lucrative source of revenue for the country.
Meanwhile, MP Mohammed Al-Jabri hailed the measures taken by Communications Minister Essa Al-Kandari against ‘a company that violated public funds at ports.’ “I have repeatedly warned the ministry of being too soft in dealing with this particular company and he finally responded,” Jabri said, noting that Essa had authorized KPA’s director to take all needed measures to expel this company from the ports and refer it to the public prosecution. Jabri also demanded taking very strict legal measures against the company after it insisted on blocking traffic in and out of Shuaiba port.
By A Saleh and KUNA