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Hamad Port docks 2nd vessel, on track for 2016 launch

Second commercial vessels calls at Hamad Port, delivering another batch of STS and RTG cranes.
Hamad Port's first phase of development expected to be complete by 2016.
Hamad Port's first phase of development expected to be complete by 2016.

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Hamad Port welcomed its second commercial vessel on August 13 and is on track for the launch of “early operations” for certain types of vessels before the end of the current year the Ministry of Transport said in a statement Sunday.

The vessel carried a second shipment of cranes; four ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and six rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes.

Her arrival comes weeks after Hamad Port welcomed the first commercial vessel carrying the first shipment of cranes on July 19. The ship, heavy load carrier Zhen Hua 10, had arrived directly from China.

The arrival of the third and final shipment of cranes is expected by the end of this year, which will take the total number of cranes at Hamad Port to eight STS cranes (100m high and weighing over 1,200 tonnes) and 26 RTG cranes.

“With the completion of all marine infrastructure works, the installation of container handling equipment (STS and RTG cranes) will mark the accomplishment of another milestone in the construction of Hamad Port,” said the statement.

The port basin is 4km long, 700m wide and 17m deep and the container port is expected to handle more than 6-million containers a year once all three phases of the project is completed.

The Qatari Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti said during the arrival of the first vessel that Phase 1 was expected to be completed by the end of 2016, allowing the port to handle 2-million containers.

Hamad Port will feature a centralised Customs area, a port administrative district and two freight railway stations. It is also designed to have both rail and highway links to the GCC region, which will boost its presence as a regional logistics hub.

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