Contractors are preparing to submit bids in December for a deal to deepen the access channel serving Hamad Port in Qatar.

The access channel for Hamad Port, which was formerly called the New Port Project (NPP), is 16 metres deep and the port authorities want it deepened to 18 metres so that it is the same depth as the port basin.

The prospective bidders include:

  • China Harbour Engineering Company (China)
  • Jan de Nul (Belgium)
  • Middle East Dredging Company (Medco ­– local / Belgium)
  • Royal Boskalis Westminster (Netherlands)
  • Van Oord (Netherlands)

The consultant is US-based Aecom.

The dredging work is part of the plans to expand Hamad Port. These include the addition of a second and third container terminal, which will increase annual handling capacity to 6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) by 2020, up from the 2 million TEUs capacity the facility will have when it opens at the end of 2016.

Hamad Port (New Port Project)

Hamad Port

Hamad Port

Hamad Port

Qatar’s New Port Project Steering Committee is preparing for a second and third container terminal expansion, even while it completes construction on the $7.3bn first phase of Hamad Port.

Formerly known as New Doha Port, the deep-water facility is being built on a 26-square-kilometre area north of Mesaieed.

The port is being built in three phases. The first phase will have a capacity of 2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year, in addition to 2 million tonnes of general cargo. By 2025, when fully operational, the second to fifth phases of the new port will involve adding a new container terminal in each phase that will take capacity to more than 12 million TEUs. Read more