Sharjah-based Gulftainer starts operations in the port of Recife in Brazil General August 8, 20120 Sharjah: Gulftainer Company Limited (GTL) based in Sharjah, have started their operations in the port of Recife in Brazil in July 2012 and attended their first vessel in the region; discharging 47 steel coils, each weighing 12 tons, in a remarkably short time of 1.7 hours. The efficient and time-saving service marked a considerable improvement compared to the average productivity level of the port and was highlighted by the local print and electronic media. On the occasion, Joseph Bruno, the ports and logistics manager for Gulftainer Brazil, said, “We aimed to unload the steel coils in two hours, but managed to finish the work even faster”. Gulftainer expanded its operations to Recife after meetings with various shipping lines indicated that productivity in the region was lacking, the Suape port being full and in a monopoly, with inadequate service levels and high costs. All lines either showed willingness to move to a GTL operation in Recife or specifically confirmed they would move as soon as possible once facilities were in place. Gulftainer Group has been operating in the UAE and around the world for over 35 years. In the UAE it operates three main UAE ports: two on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT); and one in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, on behalf of the international plastics solutions company, Borouge.