The New Doha Port has invited companies to express interest in seven tenders for mobile cranes and other vehicles to be used at its new maritime facility at Mesaieed in Qatar.

The tenders cover the provision of mobile cranes, forklift trucks, container handlers, terminal tractors, buses and firefighting equipment.

Potential bidders have until 25 August to register their interest in the contracts. Tender documents are expected to be available between September and October, although no specific date has been set.

Earlier this year, the New Doha Port requested firms to register interest in a deal covering the construction of infrastructure and utility buildings at the naval base at the port.

Potential bidders had until 5 May to express interest and tender documents were expected to be released in mid-June. However, the documents are still being drawn up and will be released later this year.

The scope of work under the naval base contract covers the construction of road pavements, a storm drainage network and a fibre-optic telecommunications network on a manmade island and onshore area.

Construction of the New Doha Port began in January 2011, with the contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company, excavating more than 50 per cent of the port basin. In early 2013, enabling and mobilisation works for the container terminal and related infrastructure and utility buildings began after a joint venture between Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Group (CCC) and the local Teyseer Contracting Company won the contract in March.

Awards for a number of other major deals are expected to be made in the third quarter of this year. These include the construction of the port’s commercial terminal infrastructure as well as excavation of the canal, construction of the quay wall and dredging of the access channel for the economic zone 3 industrial canal.

Bids for these contracts are currently under assessment.