Posted on March 11, 2011

Ras Laffan Port and Rotterdam Port Authority in the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday providing for co-operation and co-ordination between them.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, who is currently visiting Qatar.  It was signed at Ras Laffan Industrial City by the City Affairs director Abdul Aziz Jassim Muftah and Director of the General Cargo at the Rotterdam Authority  Roland Van Azci.

The port of Rotterdam played a major role in making Netherlands high-level commercial country, especially after the end of World War II, which saw the beginning of a phase of reconstruction, and repair of what was destroyed by I and II World Wars.

Earlier, Queen Beatrix visited Ras Laffan Industrial City, accompanied by Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander, the Prince of Orange, his wife Princess Maxima and a number of Dutch and Qatari ministers and officials.

Queen Beatrix, Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima visiting the Ras Laffan Industrial City

The Queen toured several industrial establishments in the city and listened to a briefing by officials.

Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City Affairs, Abdul Aziz Jassim al-Muftah, welcomed  Queen Beatrix and gave her and her accompanying delegation an overview on the city and its different facilities, noting that it was one of the fastest  growing  industrial centres in the world. He referred in this respect to the increasing development of the infrastructure required for meeting the growing needs of the gas industry in Qatar to meet the global demand.

On the role played by Qatar Petroleum in the development of  successful partnerships with many leading energy companies in the world, al-Muftah said that the initiative led to the establishment of giant industrial projects existing in the city.

He stressed that the development of projects and industries in the Ras Laffan city was based on the vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, aimed at achieving economic prosperity and cultural development of Qatar to make it a leader in the energy industry in the world.

During a tour of Ras Laffan Port, the Queen visited the Basin of Arhama bin Jaber al-Jalahma for the building and repair of ships, a subsidiary of Qatar Gas Transport Company (Naqilat) where the Director General of the company, Mohamed Ghannam gave a detailed briefing about the facility which manages the process of ship repair and building in Ras Laffan Port.

Giving a presentation to the Queen, Ghannam said the area of the shipyard is 110 hectares extending for a distance of 8km into the sea, pointing out that the basin was designed for repair and maintenance of large-sized LNG carriers and a variety of other ships, in addition to converting carriers into floating production, storage and unloading units.

Source: Gulf Times