Construction work on the container terminal and other key infrastructures at Duqm Port in Oman is progressing and is expected to be complete by 2019.
According to Erwin Mortelmans, commercial director at Port of Duqm Company (PDC), Phase One is due for completion by June 2018. While the entire construction work of the terminal and other infrastructure is due for completion by mid-2019.
PDC, a joint venture between the Omani government and the Consortium Antwerp Port, is managing Duqm Port.
Once the Port is completed and begins to operate fully, it will have a 2.2-km-long commercial berth, a 2.2-km-long container berth, 1-km-long government berth and a break bulk berth for miscellaneous cargoes.
Since it opened in March 2013, the port has received over 500 vessels. It is expected to continuously grow this year and in 2018. Moreover, once major works are complete in 2019, the port will witness an even steeper growth.
Jurgen Vanhove, port operations director at PDC, said that the company will increase the container terminal capacity to 3.5mn TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) once the terminal is working at full capacity.