Oman's Duqm Port starts commercial activities
Commercial activities have now been started at Oman's Duqm Port giving it a major boost in achieving its full potential in the coming years.
The port in Wusta Governorate has been designed to receive millions of containers and handle general, bulk and liquid cargo, reports the Oman News Agency.
“It will also support the industrial, trade and tourism activities that will be set up as per the preset plans and programmes of the Special Economic Zone Authority,” said HE Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, who presided over the launching of the port’s operations.
The opening of the 300-metre-long quay will boost commercial operations and will be on the international marine map, Futaisi added.
The minister said the launch would give momentum to the port and achieve the Sultanate’s aims towards developing marine transport and logistic services.
He pointed out that the project would support development programmes for the area, attract mega investments and promote trade and industry in the A’Duqm area.
“Soft operations include receiving a number of containers loaded with equipment and tools that are used in the A’Duqm port area,” he added.
An agreement has also been signed for the production of bitumen, which is used in the construction of marine quays and roads. The second agreement is related to providing the readymade concrete for the construction works related to the port.
DPC is a joint venture between the government and Consortium Antwerp Port (CAP) in Belgium, as per a concession agreement for the operation and management of A’Duqm port.
The first stage of the agreement, which includes two 8.6km of breakwaters, developing the southern part of the port basin to 18 metres, construction of commercial quays, (2,250m-long and 18m deep), in addition to government and service quays, has been completed.
This stage also includes the implementation of the road network, which is currently underway. The government will complete the infra- and supra-structure projects for the port and will float these projects through a number of packages soon.
The future layouts of the port will allow for building scores of different types of quays, including those for liquid, bulk and solid materials. Vast areas have been allocated for future expansion as well.