Contracts signed for New Doha Port ProjectNews // December 2, 2008
Oxford Business Group reports that Qatar has taken a major step in expanding its maritime services industry, inking two key contracts as part of a multi-billion Dollar port development whilst dismissing concerns that the crisis in the global economy could affect the project or its long-term viability.
On November 10th, the steering committee chairman of the New Doha Port Project, Abdul Aziz Al Noaimi, signed contracts with Cansult Maunsell and WorleyParsons Qatar to provide project management services and engineering design for the development and construction of the New Doha Port (NDP).
Initial work on the new port, to be located offshore, approximately 5km east of the new international airport site, is scheduled to start early 2009, with dredging a sea channel that will link to the existing sea channel for the nearby Messaeid Industrial City (MIC).
The port will be built in three phases, with the first stage expected to be operational in 2014, and completed by 2025.
When finished, the port will have five cargo terminals and berths, four container terminals and berths, one berth for roll-on/roll-off vessels, a livestock berth along with storage, administrative and Customs facilities. The 20 square kilometre†ite will be linked to the mainland by a 8.5km bridge.