In the first week of September, Hamad port will be officially inaugurated under the auspices of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced.
Hamad port is located in Umm al Houl area of southern part of Qatar. It will represent Qatar’s economic diversification and competitiveness in line with the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
A MoTC statement explained that Hamad Port, the largest in the Middle East, spans an area of 28.5sq km. Its basin is 4km long, 700m wide and 17m deep; the specifications that qualify it to become capable of receiving large mother vessels.
Hamad port has a capacity to reach 7.5mn twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) annually on completion of all phases of construction. It’s general cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.7mn tonnes annually, a terminal for cereals with a capacity of 1mn tonnes annually, and another one to receive vehicles with a capacity of 500,000 vehicles annually.
It provides the highest standards of safety and security and includes a uniquely designed Port Control Tower at a height of 110m, a customs inspection area for rapid cargo clearance (5,600 containers per day), a ship inspection platform and multiple maritime facilities, in addition to other utilities such as storage units, mosques, rest areas, medical clinics and the offices required for port operation.
A free zone has been established adjacent to Hamad Port, as part of the country’s steps for increasing its non-hydro carbon exports and building manufacturing industries.
Hamad Port has recorded significant milestones, regionally and internationally, in such a short period of time. It has played a key role in breaking the blockade during the current critical situations that Qatar encounters.
Hamad Port received 48,873 containers, 80,275 tonnes of general cargo, 4,922 vehicles and machinery, 74,148 heads of livestock and some 7,897 tonnes of building materials last July.
Mwani Qatar’s Integrated Management System (IMS) had won internationally-acclaimed certifications after passing an external audit conducted by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA): ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001:2007 for Occupational Health and Safety Management System.