Officials at the Port of Duqm, Oman, have confirmed that construction of its new container terminal is now in full swing. The first phase is due to be ready by June next year, while the completed facility is expected to be operational in 2019.
When the new terminal is fully operational it will comprise a 2.2km long commercial berth, 2.2km of container quays, 1000m of quay for government requirements and a breakbulk berth for general cargo.
Currently Duqm is mainly handling imported project cargoes and exports of dolomite. There are also plans to export other bulk cargoes, including gypsum and limestone, from the surrounding hinterland. The port, jointly managed through a joint venture between the Omani governmental and the Port of Antwerp, handled its first cargoes in 2013. Since then it has received over 500 ships of various types.