Halcrow wins Mina Qaboos masterplan mandate

25 April 2003
The UK's Halcrow Groupwas awarded in mid-April the contract to draw up a masterplan for the long-term development of Mina Qaboos. The company will carry out three studies for the proposed expansion, covering: a marketing report on future demand for the port's services; a technical study on the new facilities required; and a commercial and financial plan for the long-term operation of the port. Halcrow has six-eight months to complete the studies.

Mina Qaboos serves mostly domestic import/export trade and some transshipment through Cyprus-based Mediterranean Shipping Company. One of the objectives of Halcrow's study will be to ascertain whether the port can expand its transshipment business.

The local Ports Services Corporation, which is the client for the study and operator of the port, has been considering plans to build an additional 650-metre-long berth with an alongside depth of 15 metres, which would entail converting the existing sea wall at Shutaify Bay (MEED 21:2:03; 31:1:03).

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