OSLO, June 6 Qatari aluminium firm Qatalum may
start direct shipments of metals from its plant to unblock
exports halted by a regional diplomatic row, a spokesman for
Norway's Norsk Hydro said.
Until now, the aluminium has been exported by ships from
Qatar to the Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates, where
it was transferred to larger vessels for exports to customers in
Asia, Europe and the United States.
The UAE port was no longer available after Saudi Arabia,
Egypt, UAE and other broke off relations with Qatar on Monday.
In addition to direct shipments, other export options may
include the use of a different regional hub, the Hydro spokesman
Hydro owns a 50 percent stake in Qatalum.
(Reporting by Joachim Dagenborg, editing by Terje Solsvik)