Halcrow starts Khor Fakkan expansion

26 September 2003
The UK's Halcrow has started work on detailed design studies for the expansion of the Khor Fakkan container terminal. The firm has invited consultants to bid for the contract to carry out a site investigation of the proposed project to expand the existing port. According to Gulftainer Company, which operates and manages the port, construction work is expected to start in January 2004, with completion scheduled for the start of 2006 (MEED 13:12:02).

The project will entail adding possibly another two deepwater berths, each with four gantries, to the port's existing capacity. The project will more than double Khor Fakkan's existing handling capacity. The port presently handles throughput of about 1.7 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Major shipping lines using Khor Fakkan include the US-registered Global Container Line, the Danish Maersk Sealand and Swiss-registered Mediterranean Shipping Company. Total project costs are estimated in the region of $150 million. Sharjah Ports & Customs Authority is the client.

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