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Omani-Turkish consortium to execute Duqm port project

News // April 11, 2007

The Oman News Agency has confirmed that an Omani-Turkish consortium has been awarded a contract to develop the marine infrastructure for the new Duqm port complex at a cost of RO 186.892 million.

Consolidated Contractors Company (Oman) and Sezai Turkes — Feyzi Akkaya Ltd (STFA) of Turkey will execute the project in joint venture (JV) with Belgian-based international dredging giant Jan De Nul Dredging Ltd.

The group led a field of four key frontrunners that made a strong bid for the prestigious contract, covering the first phase development of the Duqm port, which will incorporate one of the largest dry dock facilities in the region. Phase 1 — or the maritime works package — covers the construction of breakwaters and quay walls, as well as dredging and reclamation works. Two breakwaters of a total length of around 5km. A pair of quays will also be constructed — a 700m long quay for container, general cargo and dry bulk vessels, and a 330m quay for government vessels. Berths for tug and pilot boats and other craft will be built as well.

In addition, dredging will be carried out to provide for the entrance channel, harbour basin, construction pockets and turning circle, with deeper dredged pockets created at the berths and floating docks. The harbour basin will be dredged to a depth of -16m and the approach channel to -17m. Also as part of the maritime works package, reclamation will be undertaken behind the breakwaters, quay walls and inshore areas. Allowance must also be made within the commercial quay for the potential future installation of electrically operated rail-mounted quayside cranes.

In the second phase of the Duqm project, landside and infrastructure facilities will be established under a separate contract, while a major ship repair facility will be constructed in the third phase. South Korea"s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Company, the second largest shipbuilder in the world, will oversee the construction of the ship repair yard.

Oman Dry Dock Company, a newly established state-owned entity, will finance the construction of the ship repair yard, estimated to cost around RO 100 million. Covering an area of 1.163 million square metres, the facility will comprise two dry docks as well as a floating dock equipped to repair and maintain oil and gas tankers of 100,000-tonne capacity. Daewoo has signed a 10-year agreement with Oman Dry Dock Company for the operation and management of the ship repair yard.

When operational around the year 2010, the Duqm dry dock will rival among the biggest in the region. It will be equipped to handle some of the largest vessels in service today, including Ultra-Large Crude Carriers (ULCCs). The dry dock will take advantage of the Duqm port's proximity to the busy regional sea-lanes traversing Oman"s coastal waters. Duqm is being conceived as a main maritime gateway that will serve an ambitious industrial and commercial hub envisioned in the Duqm area and its hinterland. The potential for a future shipbuilding yard at Duqm has been incorporated into the design of the port and dry dock complex. Royal Haskoning, in association with Khatib & Alawi, are consultants for the project, which is being overseen by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.


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