Dubai-headquartered Overseas AST has won the contract for the second phase of the service harbour at the northern emirate port of Fujairah in the UAE.

The scope of work includes marine works and the construction of a new quay wall as well as service harbour building.

Unsuccessful bidders are understood to include India’s Afcons Infrastructure, China Harbour Engineering Company and Cyprus’ Joannou & Paraskevaides.

Fujairah-based MUC Engineering is the consultant for the expansion work of the service harbour.

Abu Dhabi Ports, which recently took over the development and operation of the port from Dubai-based DP World, is planning to further upgrade the port.

The tender for the works to deepen the port’s berths to 16.5 metres, as well as to develop a 1km quay and construct a 300,000 square metre storage yard, are expected to be released this month.

Future plans for Fujairah Port include the upgrade of its superstructures including the installation of gantry cranes and yard equipment, according to Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi ports.

The port, which lies an estimated 70 nautical miles from Strait of Hormuz, is considered strategically important for the UAE’s logistics sector.

The terminal received its first container feeder vessel, Dubai Alliance, after the change in ownership and management, on 20 August.