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Nakilat Damen to build 11 new workboats

Doha: Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar has received an 11-vessel order from the country’s New Doha Port (NPP) project for four tugs, three mooring boats and four glass-reinforced plastic pilot boats.

The vessels will be built at Qatar’s Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan, and are expected to be delivered in 2016.

"This agreement is a landmark in the continued growth of Qatar’s marine infrastructure and industry," said Qatar's minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, who witnessed the contract signing last week.

"By collaborating with NPP on providing the required vessels to the New Port, Nakilat and Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard are further enhancing Qatar’s position as a leader in ship construction.”

Qatar is investing around QR27bn ($7.41bn) in the construction of New Doha Port, which will cover an area of 26 sq km and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar.

The new port consists of a container terminal, general cargo berth, imported cars, imported cattle and grain. There will also be a support vessels’ station, a coastguard vessels’ station and a marine support unit. [23/12/14]

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