The dry dock complex in the Wilayat of Al Duqm in Al Wusta Governorate officiallly opened
His Highness Sayyid Hamad bin Thuwaini al Said recently opened the new drydock built to take oil and gas vessels of up to 600,000 tonnes.
The project includes two dry docks with 410 metres length each, 95 metres and 80 metres width, height of 14 metres and depth of 10 metres and 2,800 metres jetties, in addition to the construction of buildings, workshops and utilities necessary for operation, as well as infrastructure projects to dry dock — 17 projects in number — which include fixtures, equipment and operating machinery.
Strategically situated Duqm Port, which overlooks the Indian Ocean and the coastal strip from Muscat to Dhofar Governorate, is one a major port in the region.
The port itself has more than 3,000-metre-long berths with a capacity expected to reach more than 3.5 million containers and is set to be expanded to 20 million containers after completing the future expansions.
This stage of the port project includes 980-metre-long berths for government services, 4.1 km long and a 11-metre-high breakwater on the sea surface and more than 22 metres draft area. It is protected against climatic conditions with cement blocks and a secondary 4.6-km breakwater and 10-km-long and 19-metre-deep approach channel.
The port seeks to attract regional and international trade activity and promote commercial and tourism activity between the Omani ports, thanks to its location in the middle of the distance between Sultan Qaboos Port in Muscat Governorate and Salalah Port in Dhofar Governorate.