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Industry ViewKuwait's ports have struggled to recover the volumes they enjoyed prior to the global economic downturn,but BMI expects this recovery to be completed for 2014. Downside risks from industrial actions by portsand customs workers appear to have dissipated, though we caution that they may rise up again, bringingadditional risk to our outlook.What does bode well for Kuwait's container ports is our macroeconomic outlook for the country, wherehigh oil prices in recent years have translated into increased spending by the Kuwaiti government. This willboost growth at the Gulf state's ports, both through spending on infrastructure projects impacting on totaltonnage throughputs, and consumer spending boosting imports of containerised goods. However, delays toinfrastructure projects could hamper tonnage throughput, and a plateauing in oil production has led us toforecast GDP growth of 2.9% in 2014. In line with the slowing economic growth we see a slightly slowerpace of growth playing out at Kuwaiti ports.
Industry View 7SWOT 9Shipping 9Political SWOT 10Economic SWOT 11Business Environment SWOT 12Industry Forecast 14Port Of Shuwaikh Throughput 14Port Of Shuaiba Throughput 17Table: Major Port Data, 2011-2018 19Table: Trade Overview, 2011-2018 19Table: Key Trade Indicators, 2011-2018 20Table: Main Import Partners, 2004-2011 21Table: Main Export Partners, 2004-2011 21Market Overview 23Kuwait Liquid Bulk Shipping Market Overview 23Kuwait Container Shipping Market Overview 29Industry Trends And Developments 34Company Profile 36Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) 36Shipping - Global Industry View 39Box Demand: Container Outlook Strengthening In 2014 39Box Supply: Slowing New Vessel Deliveries To Decrease Overcapacity Pressure 56Table: Q313 Container Vessel Deliveries 57Table: 2013 Mega Vessel Orders 58Box Rates: Rate Push In Preparation For 2014 62Table: 2012 & 2013 SCFI Europe Base Port Average Freight Rate Overview 69Table: 2012 & 2013 SCFI USWC Base Port Average Freight Rate Overview 69Global Company Strategy 70Maersk Line 70Mediterranean Shipping Company 78CMA CGM 84Evergreen Line 91COSCO Container Lines Company 97Macroeconomic Forecasts 103Table: Kuwait - Economic Activity 110Demographic Forecast 111Demographic Outlook 111Table: Kuwait's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) 112Table: Kuwait's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) 113Table: Kuwait's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 114Table: Kuwait's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 114