Qatar Advances Hamad Port Build
Qatar’s new Hamad container port has moved a step further toward completion with the award of around US$500 million in construction contracts, amid a transport ban by Gulf States, according to Doha News.
Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications announced on social media it had selected an unnamed contractor or contractors to undertake the second phase of construction at Hamad Port.
It also announced the start of what it dubbed the Qatar-India Express Service.
Hamad Port's capacity is 2 million TEU and it will go up to 7 million TEU on completion of all the three phases.
It’s current capacity is close to triple the current capacity of Doha Port in Qatar.
Operations of the port commenced when the first phase wrapped up in December, 2016 when it began handling roll-on-roll-off and general cargo.
Hamad Port will have the draft to accommodate large container ships that travel directly to Qatar.
This avoids the hassle of berthing and feedering in UAE, although even this operation is currently halted due to UAE banning all traffic to and from Qatar.
Qatar’s Minister for Transport and Communications, H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said in 2017: "The private sector would take 60 percent of the total value of the project. Hamad Port will be completed in three phases and will be completed by 2020.”