Hamad Port will become fully operational in 2016

The new port has been officially named Hamad Port and the first phase of the port project is slated for full operation for the end of 2016.

Hamad Port is due to receive its first vessel end 2016.
Hamad Port is due to receive its first vessel end 2016.

At the official flooding of the new port basin, HH the Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani unveiled the name of the new port at Umm Al-Houl in the Mesaieed area, said Gulf Times.

The ceremony was attended by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE the Transport Minister Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, and a number of other ministers, top government officials, and diplomats.“The wise leadership and comprehensive vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the close follow-up of HE the Prime Minister are the main reason for delivering this phase of such a huge project ahead of schedule,” al-Sulaiti said.

Hamad Port will be partially opened for operations by the end of this year, the minister assured, including the general cargo loading and discharging terminal, and terminals for importing vehicles and building equipment.

The full operation of the first phase of the port project is slated for the end of 2016.

With Qatar’s economy 79% reliant on industry of which half is related to oil and gas exports, Hamad Port dovetails perfectly into the Qatar National Vision 2030. So too, developing the country into an import hub for the region will make Qatar more resilient against changes in the global economic environment.

An independent environmental monitoring consultant on site of the New Port Project constantly monitors contractors’ work for compliance with conditions of the Project’s Environmental Permit granted by the Ministry of Environment relating to noise, dust, air quality, water and sediment quality. As a result of the environmental impact studies with the MoE, the project relocated (to carefully selected donor sites) 7,600 mangrove seedlings, 11,500m² of seagrass and 13,650 hard corals.

The increased capacity and world-class facilities will act as a catalyst for economic growth; aid economic diversification by developing the non-hydrocarbon sector and create a more sustainable economic base, all in line with the 2030 Vision, which has sustainable development at its core.

“When completed, this port will increase the volume of Qatar exports and imports, and the maritime trade between Qatar and the rest of the world. It is a new door to boost development, diversify the sources of income of the Qatari economy and improve its competitive potential in the region, transforming the country into a commercial centre," al-Sulaiti added.

The minister stressed close coordination has been maintained with the Ministry of Environment throughout the different stages of the project to preserve a clean and sustainable environment. The port basin is 4km long, 700m wide and 17m deep and once fully completed, it will increase the throughput capacity to over of six million containers per year and provide transhipment links by rail, sea or road to the other GCC and Arab countries.

The raw materials needed to complete large construction projects, many of which are now accelerating, will demand capacity which the current port does not have and already projects are experiencing delays owing to material bottlenecks.

Qatar faces a high demand for construction materials to complete key infrastructure projects in readiness for the Football World Cup in 2022. The port will play a significant role in ensuring these material needs are met and, the major projects include into their schedules the delivery of the contractors’ materials to the new port.

Hamad Port will be equipped with 12 ship-to-shore cranes, each capable of lifting 80 tonnes or two 40ft containers at a time. Rubber-tyred gantry cranes will handle single containers and mobile cranes and forklifts, tug boats, pilot boats and mooring boats will ensure flow within the port.

Almost bigger than Doha, Hamad Port is going to play a significant role in ensuring sustainability for the country. It will include a multi-use terminal for general cargo, grain facility, vehicle terminal, livestock terminal, facility for the Qatar Coast Guard, and offshore supply base.

The port will have advanced safety and security systems, a dedicated customs inspection area to expedite the clearance of goods, a port control tower and a ship inspection platform. The port also includes marine facilities for a fishing harbour, and facilities like warehouses, mosques, rest areas and a cafeteria, besides government offices and port administration centres.

The creation of an integrated logistics park within the port area will provide connection to the Qatar and GCC Rail Freight network. Along with the new expressway interchanges, Hamad Port will facilitate cost-effective cargo handling and will position Qatar as the new regional shipping hub. The port will complement Qatar’s Hamad International Airport and the railways and highways currently under development, which will link the port to other parts of the country for seamless transportation of goods.

Engineering and construction works on the project, which started in June 2010, covers 26km². Over 60mn man hours have been achieved and the project employs a workforce of 9,000, reaching 17,000 during the peak of construction this year and two of the world’s largest cutter suction dredges.

There are 35,224 blocks in the quay wall ranging from 60 tonnes to 140 tonnes in weight, a total of 1.4mn cubic metres of concrete was used for production of the blocks. A total of 6,900 tonnes of explosives were used in the excavation of the port basin. Safety was a high priority on the project, achieving 20mn man-hours to date without a Lost Time Injury.

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