A joint venture of Belgium’s Six Construct and Singapore’s Rotary has completed the very large crude carrier (VLCC) jetty at the Port of Fujairah.

The new jetty received its first VLCC on 15 August, Six Construct said in a statement.

Six Construct was responsible for the civil works and furniture installation of the maritime structures while Rotary was responsible for the topside work. The contract, valued at $81m, was awarded in September 2014.

The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the UAE. It is located approximately 70 nautical miles from the Strait of Hormuz. Fujairah’s VLCC jetty is also the first on the Indian Ocean coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

Prior to the construction of the new jetty, the port only offered facilities for normal bunkering and fuel.

The marine works entailed driving 65-metre piles in 26-metre deep water. ”Pile driving instead of pile drilling methods were adopted at the early stage of the works… We also installed a concrete line which connected to the breakwater to minimise the offshore in-situ concrete,” Pierre Sironval, managing director of Six Construct, said.