The local Gulf Dredging & General Contracting Company (GDC) is the only bidder for the contract to deepen the main approach channel and basin at Shuwaikh port following the passing of the 25 January bid deadline. Local tender rules require at least two bidders for any major project, and the contract is likely to be retendered. 'The tender documents were all in Arabic, including the technical element,' says one of the other eight prequalifiers. 'It also stipulated that the work must be carried out by a local contractor, so we didn't see much point in bidding.'
The 18-month contract involves deepening and dredging the port basin and channel to 14 metres from 8.5 metres, the construction of four container berths opposite the 21 existing berths and dredging of at least 6 million cubic metres of material. Sharjah-based Gulftainer Company is the container terminal consultant for Shuwaikh. The Netherlands' Royal Haskoning is the technical consultant. The client is Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA - MEED 11:11:05).
The dredging scheme is the largest element of KPA's port modernisation programme. A tender has recently been issued for the manufacture, supply and operations of bridge cranes for Shuaiba port. Four companies - Mitsui & Company and Mitsubishi Corporation, both of Japan, Finland's Konecranes and Switzerland's Liebher - have until 12 March to bid for the contract.