Newly opened Hamad Port in Qatar showcases MEDCO’s innovative dredging and reclamation solutions
On September 5, 2017 Hamad Port in Qatar, one of the largest ports in the Middle East, was officially inaugurated under the auspices of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The new port will help to meet the State of Qatar’s economic diversification goals and increasing trade for the Qatar National Vision 2030 and beyond. The capacity of Hamad Port is to reach 7.5 million TEU annually on completion of all construction phases.
MEDCO (Middle East Dredging Company), DEME’s subsidiary in Qatar, carried out dredging and land reclamation works for the new port, being one of the biggest projects undertaken by DEME in the Middle East. The scope of work included the dredging of the 20 km long access channel and a Naval Base basin, the land reclamation with dredged materials for an area of approximately 4.5 square km for the construction of the Naval Base, as well as for the new Qatar Economic Zone, the construction of breakwaters at each side of the access channel and rock revetment works at the Naval Base. The project represented dredging and excavation of some 45 million m3 of mainly hard rock material. At peak times about 1,600 people were employed on the project. Protection of the environment has proven to be a top priority on the site, where sea grass, corals and mangrove have been safely relocated.
A fast execution of works was required as the Old Doha Port became too small and too congested with increasing marine traffic in the years leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Thanks to the excellent progress made by MEDCO, the first commercial traffic could start months ahead of schedule, with the first container ships already arriving at Hamad Port in December 2015.
Building on a strong track record in the Middle East, MEDCO has recently been awarded the contract for the Old Doha Port Redevelopment project in Qatar. In a joint venture MEDCO will execute the dredging works for the realignment of the access channel. The port will serve as a cruise terminal in the future, able to accommodate the largest cruise ships of the last generation.
The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is an international market leader for complex marine engineering works.
Building on more than 140 years of experience and know-how, DEME has organically moved into several related sectors, such as the financing of marine engineering and environmental projects, executing complex EPC related marine engineering projects including civil engineering works, the development and construction of renewable energy projects, providing services for the oil, gas and energy sector, the decontaminating and recycling of polluted soils and silts, the harvesting of marine resources, etc.
Thanks to an integrated company structure, DEME strongly emerges as a 'global solutions provider' which offers its clients overall solutions. DEME has the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleet.
DEME Group has 4,600 employees worldwide and achieved a turnover of 1.97 billion euros in 2016.
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