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RAK ports set to expand

Ras Al Khaimah has announced plans to expand its port network as well as update facilities across the emirate at a number of ports, including Saqr Port and Ras Al Darah Port.

Ras Al Khaimah Port has announced its plans for a US $1 billion expansion strategy, using the upcoming Ship & Port Arabia exhibition to announce further detailed plans.

“We have developed a comprehensive plan to expand the facilities at the ports of Ras Al Khaimah as part of our commitment to improve and install modern facilities to drive more growth and increase our contribution to the economy,” said Mohammed Al Mehrizi, general director, customs and ports department, Government of Ras Al Khaimah.

The expansion plan is to cover all ports of Ras Al Khaimah — Saqr Port, Ras Al Khaimah Port, Al Jazeerah Al Hamra Port and Ras Al Darah Port. Plans for Al Jazeerah Al Hamra Port include the development of container and general cargo services with Qeshem Free Trade Zone and Bandar Abbas, Iran and also the acquisition of more handling equipment and increasing the depth of the approach channel and inner harbour to eight metres.

Additionally, the ports authority has already added four new mobile cranes at the Saqr Port, which has increased the efficiency of cargo loading and discharging, as well as the capacity to 60,000 tonnes a year. The emirates government has also signed an agreement with an international investment company, Kuwait Gulf and Transport Link, to operate a station for containers.

“Several development initiatives are also taking place at the Ras Al Khaimah Port, starting with a new passenger terminal which is ready. Two high speed passenger ferries with a capacity of 40 seats have also been acquired from China for US $2 million in order to offer passenger and cargo transportation services from Al Khor Port to Qeshem and Kish. In the second stage, however, we will build a bigger ferry to carry passengers and cargo to Bandar Abbas,” added Al Mehrizi.

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