PICTURES: Top 10 maritime projects in the GCC

Maritime & Ports Middle East looks at the largest and most innovative marine infrastructure projects in the GCC.
King Abdullah Economic City - Millennium Seaport, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Economic City - Millennium Seaport, Saudi Arabia
Phase 3 of Al Dabbiya oilfield development, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phase 3 of Al Dabbiya oilfield development, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phase 2 of Ras Laffan Port Expansion, Qatar
Phase 2 of Ras Laffan Port Expansion, Qatar
KOC Marine, Kuwait
KOC Marine, Kuwait
Al Ruwais port development, Qatar
Al Ruwais port development, Qatar
Phase 3 Salalah Port, Oman
Phase 3 Salalah Port, Oman
Expansion of Jebel Ali Port Terminal 4, Dubai, UAE
Expansion of Jebel Ali Port Terminal 4, Dubai, UAE
Phase 3 Dubai Canal Extension Project, Dubai, UAE
Phase 3 Dubai Canal Extension Project, Dubai, UAE
Liquid bulk berth terminal at Duqm Port, Oman
Liquid bulk berth terminal at Duqm Port, Oman
Al Sila Port, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Al Sila Port, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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1. Phase 3 of Al Dabbiya oilfield development, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The scope of work for five offshore clusters comprises channel dredging, reclamation works, construction of a cause way, shore protection, heliport, pontoons and fences.

The construction also involves an additional offshore cluster including boat quay, pontoon and heliport

This project is being executed by BAM International with support from BAM Contractors of Ireland.

Adco, a unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), operates the Al Dabb’iya field, which is located 40 km south-west of the capital.



2. Phase 2 of Ras Laffan Port Expansion, Qatar

Ramboll provided the front end engineering design (FEED) for Phase 2 of the Ras Laffan Port Expansion Project.

The existing port, built in 1996 and expanded in 2012, is being further developed to handle larger export volumes of liquid hydrocarbon products and containerised solid petrochemical products.

The FEED provided multidisciplinary services for the design of the container yard, including all container terminal equipment, container management system, buildings, access road to buildings, water and drainage, parking, power supply including area lighting, communication and security
systems.



3. KOC Marine, Kuwait

A logistical marine based project which includes the construction of a breakwater and harbour, demolition, change of use, additional buildings for stores, workshops and worker amenity buildings and a dry dock, including carnage points and oil separators.

It will also comprise a new harbour on the south and extension of the existing harbour on the north.

SSH has been appointed as the main consultant for the challenging project.

Also SSH appointed Sweett Group to carry out value engineering and risk assessment at the marine facility.



4. Al Ruwais port development, Qatar

The target of the project is that the port operates according to the international standards.

The project includes deepening the navigation channel to 5m, the establishment of marine basins at depth of 7m, the creation of six quays at a total length of 1,414m to receive commercial vessels.

The first phase will be dedicated at first to wooden ships, supply vessels and services, and work will start on the second phase by January 2016 and will be devoted to executing and operating the commercial port.

The port will be Qatar’s northern gate to the world and will serve as another commercial outlet along with Doha Port.



5. Phase 3 Salalah Port, Oman

Three new container berths, new government berths, a dedicated cruise terminal, expanded breakwater arms, and a new approach channel will be constructed as a part of the Phase 3 expansion of Port of Salalah.

Various new structures and facilities have also been planned for design and implementation as part of the Phase 3 expansion.

These include the construction of a 300-metre-long stub breakwater to be constructed perpendicular to the North Breakwater to protect the government and cruise berths against locally generated waves and other waves diffracting into the port from the harbour entrance.



6. King Abdullah Economic City - Millennium Seaport, Saudi Arabia

Central to the mega project is the creation of a new 2.6 million sqm millennium seaport similar in size to ports such as Rotterdam that would allow even the world’s largest super vessels to drop anchor.

With its strategic location on the Red Sea and instant access to key cities within Saudi Arabia, the port has a designated area for light industry and logistics, and serve as a natural platform for onward movement of goods to Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond.

The port, with its close proximity to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, will have a dedicated Haj terminal that can receive over 500,000 pilgrims every season.



7. Expansion of Jebel Ali Port Terminal 4, Dubai, UAE

DP World is to expand its flagship Jebel Ali Port with the construction of Terminal 4, costing S1.6bn.

The planned construction work will see the port’s capacity increase by 3.1-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) by 2018, taking its overall capacity to 22.1-million TEU.

Jebel Ali is the biggest port in the Middle East and North Africa region.



8. Phase 3 Dubai Canal Extension Project, Dubai, UAE

Phase 3 of the project covers drilling the water canal, constructing sides of the canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the canal, and constructing four marine transit stations to boost the role of marine transport as a convenient and effective transit means.

It also includes filling works to construct an artificial peninsula across Jumeirah Park; which will double the length of the park beach, increase the area of the park, and offer a room for adding more recreational activities.

Work on the third phase started in June this year while the construction of the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September 2016.



9. Liquid bulk berth terminal at Duqm Port, Oman

A major bulk liquid berths terminal project coming up at the Port of Duqm in Oman will be implemented in two stages.

The first stage will involve dredging and reclamation and marine/jetty structure, while the other will be for topside facilities including tanks.

During the second stage, the focus will be on the construction of topside facilities, including the installation of product storage tanks, dry bulk facilities, pipelines, buildings, road and other infrastructure.



10. Al Sila Port, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Sila Port supports the local fishing industry, provides cargo services and limited recreational activities.

Abu Dhabi Ports has enhanced the port facilities for fishermen by relocating the fishing pontoons to the north basin, which has better infrastructure than the south basin.

In the future Abu Dhabi Ports, which is installing signage and hard landscaping, will develop the port to support marine recreation as well.

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