Posted on December 03, 2016

The first phase of $7.4 billion Hamad Port began full commercial operations on Thursday, marking a major milestone in Qatar's maritime infrastructure. The port, which is scheduled to be completed over the next two stages, is expected to handle 7 million containers per annum.

The new port will include a customs inspection area, a 110-metre control tower, a ship inspection platform and multiple maritime facilities. In addition to container cargo, the port can handle 1.7 million metric tonnes of general cargo, 1 million metric tonnes of grain and about 500,000 vehicle units annually. Speaking at a ceremony marking the start of Hamad Port's full operation, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani commended the New Port Project (NPP) Steering Committee for encouraging private sector participation in national mega projects.

"The share of Qatari companies and local market in the contracts for the establishment of the port was nearly 60%," the PM said, adding that the port is a key pillar of the economy. The port will make Qatar a maritime gateway for global trade, he added. "Today, we are witnessing a great achievement in the private transport sector's projects. The unlimited support by the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani along with the close follow-up by the Deputy Emir HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al Thani were behind the start of the overall operations of this giant project before the set deadlines and within the allocated budget," the PM said.

The PM stressed that the event is an expression of gratitude to the Father Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the founder of Qatar's modern renaissance. On his part, the Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti said,"The Hamad Port will herald a new era of uniqueness and pioneering in the area of commercial port development in Qatar and the region." Sulaiti said the port would help in increasing Qatar's imports, exports and international maritime trade and would stimulate growth and economic diversification across the region. "With that in place, Qatar would be positioned to become a regional commercial hub and would be well on the road to achieving the objectives of the vision 2030," he added.

Sulaiti said the private sector through partnerships can play a vital role in developmental projects, which in economic terms would reflect positively on the nation and its citizens. With the opening of the Hamad Port, the existing Doha port will be closed to all commercial vessel traffic, but will continue to receive cruise ships. Doha port will be totally closed from March 31 next year. Regarding the Doha Port, Sulaiti had recently said the drilling and development works on Doha Port site will start early April next year, with a budgetary cost of about QR2 billion.

The minister had stated that the Ministry of Transport and Communications would execute two main parts of Doha Port's development project including the main canal and the port maintenance. After redevelopment, Doha Port will serve as a destination of cruise ships and tourism only. The PM stressed that the event is an expression of gratitude to the Father Emir HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the founder of Qatar's modern renaissance. On his part, the Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti said,"The Hamad Port will herald a new era of uniqueness and pioneering in the area of commercial port development in Qatar and the region." 

Sulaiti said the port would help in increasing Qatar's imports, exports and international maritime trade and would stimulate growth and economic diversification across the region. "With that in place, Qatar would be positioned to become a regional commercial hub and would be well on the road to achieving the objectives of the vision 2030," he added. Sulaiti said the private sector through partnerships can play a vital role in developmental projects, which in economic terms would reflect positively on the nation and its citizens. With the opening of the Hamad Port, the existing Doha port will be closed to all commercial vessel traffic, but will continue to receive cruise ships. Doha port will be totally closed from March 31 next year.

Regarding the Doha Port, Sulaiti had recently said the drilling and development works on Doha Port site will start early April next year, with a budgetary cost of about QR2 billion. The minister had stated that the Ministry of Transport and Communications would execute two main parts of Doha Port's development project including the main canal and the port maintenance. After redevelopment, Doha Port will serve as a destination of cruise ships and tourism only.

source: Qatar Tribune

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