First phase of Doha port to be in operation by 2016
The first phase of the $7.4bn New Port Project, being built to the south of Doha city centre, is set to be operational by the end of 2016 with the initial capacity to accommodate two million containers.
This will increase to six million containers once the whole project is complete in 2020, which is ten years earlier than the project was originally slated to be finished.
A ceremony was held last week to place the last precast concrete block of the new port's Quay Wall, signalling the conclusion of a about half of the project.
The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of Economy and the Commerce H E Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the Minister of Transport H E Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, a number of senior officials at Qatar Ports Management Company (QPMC) and the project's Steering Committee.
The 26 square kilometre port's divisions will include the economic zone, the commercial port and the naval base.
The project, which was originally schedule for operation in 2030, has recorded 45 million accident free working hours with 9,000 workers carrying out the project (increasing to 18,000 during busy times).