Qatar to build 1,000 harbour berths

The four harbours will see the construction of 1,000 berths for private ships and boats in view of the growing demand for berthing facilities in Qatar

The four harbours will see the construction of 1,000 berths for private ships and boats in view of the growing demand for berthing facilities in Qatar.
The four harbours will see the construction of 1,000 berths for private ships and boats in view of the growing demand for berthing facilities in Qatar.

Growing demand for berthing of private ship and boats in Qatar has led to the necessity for additional facilities.

“Berthing locations were decided to be at four harbours which are state owned, operate under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and are increasingly frequented by many ship owners,” Nasser Qadar, director of Maritime Transport Licensing and Planning Department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) told reporters in Doha.

The four harbours, Al Ruwais, Al Khor, Al Zakhira and Al Wakra will see the construction of 1,000 berths for private ships and boats in view of the growing demand, Gulf Times reported.

A committee, established by HE Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, formed a working group that undertook studies and laid plans for the berthing slots. Led by the MoTC, the committee comprises members from all governmental bodies involved in the matter.

With a dedicated budget, the project has been approved with implementation commissioned by the MoTC to Mwani Qatar (Qatar Ports Management Company), an entity with relevant experience in berthing and harbour development, in accordance with the best internationally-recognised safety and quality standards, Qadar assured.

The cost of the project was not disclosed.

Mwani Qatar prepared the integrated planning and technical studies, under the supervision of MoTC, and engineering designs and drawings were approved for nearly 1,000 berths at the four harbours.

Nabil Alkhaldi, engineering director at Mwani Qatar, said, “Work is underway to put the project out to public tender, followed by the award of the project, which should be completed in less than a year-and-half,” adding the project is a reflection of the public-private sector partnership policy adopted by the MoTC.

Mohamed Saeed al-Mohannadi, director of Fisheries Department at the MME said the selection of berthing locations were based on a careful study adding “the new berthing spaces to be allocated to ship and boat owners will not be at the same spaces being used by ships and boats that belong to fishermen, but rather will be adjacent to them”.

The project is strategic, serving the private sector as it would help increase efficiency of the facilities allocated for local communities, while supporting economic development at the four sites through boosting business activities and providing facilities for stakeholders

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