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Hamad Port to get operational from tomorrow

Hamad Port, following its inauguration tomorrow, will get fully operational and will handle all commercial shipments entering or leaving the country. The rush of trucks along Corniche road will also begin to decrease, and will offer relief to motorists commuting en-route.

Hamad Port will begin all operations from tomorrow, while Doha Port will be closed to all commercial vessel traffic, but, will continue to receive cruise ships until 31st March 2017, after which, Doha Port would be completely shut down.

The Minister of Transport and Communications, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti recently mentioned that the drilling and development works on Doha Port site will begin early next April with a QR2bn budget.

The Minister also revealed that the Transport Ministry would implement two main parts of Doha Portís development project, including the main canal and the port maintenance. Following re-development, Doha Port will serve as a destination of cruise ships and tourism only.

Earlier, the traffic department decided to restrict the movement of trucks within Doha during peak hours to tackle the problem of trucks on Doha roads.
As operations at Doha Port would be shut down from tomorrow for commercial vessels, container ships will begin moving to Hamad Port in Umm Al-Houl, Mesaieed, which was soft-launched two years ago.

Since July 2015, the port received its first commercial ship, and thereafter, it has received cars and livestock to gradually build operational capability. The port is likely to get fully operational as per its maximum capacity by 2020. Once complete, Hamad Port will span 20 sq. km space and will be able to handle a total annual capacity of more than six million containers annually through its three container terminals.

Posted on 30/11/2016

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