August 1st saw the laying of the first block for the Saqr Port project to create two additional bulk cargo berths capable of accepting Capesize vessels. This investment will significantly increase the annual cargo handling capacity of the Ras Al Khaimah port.
The first block was laid by principal works contractor, BAM International, and this important milestone was attended by members of the RAK Ports team, including General Manager, Captain Cliff Brand. The project will involve dredging of the seaward side of the existing breakwater to a depth of 18 m, the construction of 700 m of additional quay wall and reclaimed area 130m wide between the new and existing quay structures. In addition a 250m long revetment will be constructed at one end of the new quay wall.
Saqr Port is the biggest bulk handling port in the Middle East, with a throughput of around 60 million tonnes a year. To keep pace with demand the port has also ordered two new mobile harbour cranes from Liebherr for the port expansion project.