Qatar's Al Ruwais Port to be complete by year-end
Three phases of $274.7m Public Works Authority project near completion
The $247.7m (QAR: 1bn) Al Ruwais Port project in the north of Qatar is set to be complete by the end of 2013, according to local Arabic daily Al Sharq.
Being built by the Consolidated Engineering Construction Company for Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal), the expansion and development of the port is being executed in three phases: development of Al Ruwais Port (phase 2), marine facilities for a fishing harbour, and miscellaneous facilities like warehouses, mosques, rest areas and a cafeteria.
Engineering and construction works on the project, which are spread across an area of approximately 261,224m², were started in June 2010 and has seen the dredging of a 3km channel to a depth of five metres, while the port basin has been dredged to seven metres and the marina and fishing harbour to 2.5m.
Some of the main components of the port include: container berth, general cargo berth, dry and cold stores, control tower and inspection platform.
It will also have buildings to house different government offices to run and administer the facility smoothly.
The port will cater to the daily needs of fishermen and other users and will be equipped with all kinds of modern safety and security measures including maintenance facilities for traditional dhows (commercial boats made-up of wood), gantry cranes for container handlings, RTG cranes, mobile cranes and forklifts.