The Port of Hamad is the main port of Qatar, located in the southern part of Doha's Umhul region. Construction of the port started in 2010; it went into operation in December 2016. The project was officially opened in September 2017 and is expected to be fully operational by 2020. Up to 7.8 million tons of products can be processed each year, and most of the trade is made up of food and construction materials through ports.
It was first unveiled in June 2007, and the construction of the port began in June 2010; Umm Houl, a region north of the capital Doha and close to the industrial city of Mesaied, was selected as the location of the port. The cost of the new port is reported to be US$7.4 billion. The first batch of Hamad Port was delivered by the heavy carrier Zhenhua 10 in July 2015, which included cranes planned for unloading. The commercial operation of the port was officially launched in December 2015. It is claimed that the port will be put into operation in December 2016.
In November 2016, German Siemens signed an energy agreement worth 12.4 million USD to provide electricity to Hamad Port. The port expansion was announced in June 2017, and contracts worth approximately US$550 million were awarded.The port covers an area of 26 square kilometers, and plans to build livestock, vehicle and general-purpose terminals, sea replenishment stations, Qatar coast guard facilities and food facilities.The facilities of the Qatar Coast Guard consist of a 4.5 square kilometer naval base.
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Hamad Port (Port Code: QAHMD), the leading seaport in Qatar, is located in the south of Doha in the Umm Al-Houl area. Hamad Port covers 28.5 square kilometers and will have the yearly capacity for 1.7 million tones of general freight and 1 million tones of grain, with a specialist terminal supporting the entry of around 500,000 vehicles per year.
The first of the three container terminals is currently operational and has an optimum capacity of 2 million TEUs per year, eventually increasing to over 7.5 million. This will then be supported by transshipment links by rail, sea, and road to the region.
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