RAK Ports is the government body that oversees the seaports of Ras Al Khaimah.
The deep-water berth project at Saqr Port has been ongoing since mid-2017. Importantly, it is one of the largest engineering initiatives to have taken place in the northern emirates in recent years.
The first berth was completed earlier in October this year and is now fully operational.
Captain Cliff Brand, CEO of RAK Ports, said opening of the first berth increases the capacity of Saqr Port.
Saqr Port already handles in excess of 55 million tonnes of cargo per year. With the second berth scheduled to complete in March 2019, it will see significant growth in the number of vessel and cargo movements in future years.
The project will consolidate Saqr Port’s status as one of the region’s leading bulk-handling ports.
The opening of the new berth is just the latest in a series of maritime innovations within RAK Ports.
Earlier this year, Ras Al Khaimah Port opened its brand new, state-of-the-art cruise terminal, specially designed to accept boutique cruise vessels and adding to Ras al Khaimah’s impressive array of tourism assets.
Additionally, the RAK Ports Training Institute, which was first launched in 2017, has expanded its programme to over 20 courses, offering accredited classroom-based and practical training in maritime, industrial and related subjects.
Credit: TradeArabia News Service