Qatar's Hamad Port welcomes first commercial vessel
Qatar prime minister and interior minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani attended a ceremony to welcome the first commercial vessel at Hamad Port over the weekend.
Al Thani inspected Zhen Hua 10, one of the largest heavy load carriers in the world, carrying the first container of cranes for Hamad New Port Project and followed up on progress and phases of the project.
Minister of transport Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti was also present. Al Sulaiti is the project’s steering committee chairman.
The vision of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the premier’s follow-up are the main reasons for the completion of the gigantic project on schedule in accordance to its budget, Al Sulaiti said at a press conference.
Al Sulaiti said the cranes will be able to unload containers from the deck of the largest cargo ships in the world.
They will be installed and fitted at the first container terminal, the wharf.
Hamad Port is also preparing for two shipments of container cranes to increase the number to eight by the end of the year. Qatar Ports Management Co. will transfer operations from Doha Port to Hamad Port in the coming months.
The port will be partially opened for specific types of ships and cargo ships by year-end and fully operational in late 2016 to increase the capacity of Doha Port.