Gulftainer Company Limited United Arab Emirates: People And Community

Gulftainer has for many years actively participated in several social and charitable initiatives within the UAE and particularly Sharjah region. A number of sport and educational bodies in the region have benefited from Gulftainer sponsorship of new equipment and uniforms. Gulftainer also encourages its personnel to donate some of their time in coaching local sports teams of various ages to improve not only their skills in the sport, but also their confidence and social interaction skills.


Within our operations in Iraq’s Al Basra and Umm Qasr regions, where the vast majority of our employees are Iraqi nationals, we take a special interest in supporting the local community’s activities. Notable examples include sponsoring the Al Mina Football club in Basra. Also, the company has donated water purifiers to residents in Umm Qasr last Ramadan, to help with the lack of potable water.



Gulftainer Company Limited: International Port Management

Gulftainer Company Limited has come a long way from its humble beginnings, managing the very first container terminal in the United Arab Emirates in 1976 to managing port facilities across 4 continents.

Gulftainer has five pillars for success which have served the company well during these 38 years and they form the core of our work ethics and business strategy.

- Cost Leadership

- Operational Efficiency

- Service Flexibility

- Leveraging Existing Carrier Relationships

- Supply Chain Integration

Gulftainer prides itself on being an independent, privately owned port operator, which provides best in class service to all its customer segments. Our current asset portfolio and future investments are based purely on their merits and not tainted by the need to fit in with vested interest agendas.

Gulftainer is no ‘here today gone tomorrow,’ fair-weather partner, we never walk away from a challenge or a commitment, Listening to the needs and ambitions of those for which we work with and for. We know the landscape and are part of the chain of events, maximizing value at every point.  The company is big enough to make a difference – small enough to have senior managers directly involved in all issues, always engaged to make effective decisions.

The international reputation of Khorfakkan and Sharjah Container Terminals despite powerful local competition is clear evidence of the success of this policy. Many port authorities throughout the world have sought Gulftainer’s expertise, this is why today Gulftainer operates 8 terminals within the Middle East, the highest of any other operator in the region, and has taken its first steps into Europe and South America.

We are also currently in discussions with several other Port Authorities all of whom have come to Gulftainer precisely because of this well-deserved reputation for achieving good performance and working co-operatively with Port Authorities for long term solutions and mutual benefit.

Ramesh Shivakumaran Gulftainer Company Limited

Ramesh Shivakumaran is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with a Graduate degree in Commerce from India, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA, an Associate Member of the Information Systems, Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA an Associate member of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA and certified in Logistics Management from North West Kent College, UK.

Ramesh joined Gulftainer Company Limited in April 1993 and has held various positions in the Financial and Accounting department of the Company. Ramesh is also a Director and Board Member in various affiliate companies of the Group.

Ramesh has been previously employed with Ernst & Young, Dubai, UAE from 1988 to 1993 and Price Waterhouse, New Delhi, India from 1984 to 1988.

As a member of the Senior Management, Ramesh Shivakumaran has extensive experience and active involvement in planning, directing and overseeing all key aspects of financial affairs, financial reporting, treasury management, business planning, internal control compliance, corporate governance, risk management, business strategy, organizational development associated with information systems, IT infrastructure, Human resources, Administration, Compensation Management and Integrated quality management system for the company’s UAE and international operations.