Work is currently underway to complete the largest expansion project for fishing ports in the State of Qatar, which includes the development of fishing ports in Al Wakra, Al Khor and Al Ruwais and the Fishermen's Terminal with Al Thakhira. The project is expected to see the light of day soon.
It is expected to start operating the marine parking lots for boats and ships and the services attached to them in the next three months.
Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed Al-Dehaimi, Director of the Fisheries Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, said that this project will contribute to improving the productivity of fishing vessels and boats and maintaining the quality of fish products, as the fishing ports and the equipment and services attached to them are among the most important services that fishermen and fishing vessels need to perform their work in the appropriate conditions.
He added that the works in the fishing port development projects have come a long way, as the completion rate has reached 100% in each of the fishing ports of Al Khor and Al Wakra and Al Thakhira, while the completion rate in the fishing port in Ruwais has reached about 95%.
The project also includes providing the expansion area in the fishing ports with alarm systems, firefighting, CCTV surveillance systems, boat landing slips, petrol stations, and administrative offices to serve fishermen and sea-goers, in addition to the most important services needed by fishing vessels and boats.
Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Dehaimi explained that the expansion project for the Qatari ports included the establishment of 69 marine moorings for boats and 3 marine moorings for marine control vessels at the ammunition fishing terminal, and the establishment of 208 marine moorings in Al Khor port, including 140 boat stops and 68 boat stops (Lengat), and the establishment of 368 car parks. At the fishing port of Al-Wakra, including 188 boat stops and 180 boat stops, 233 marine moorings were established in Ruwais fishing port, including 250 boat stops and 72 boat stops.
Given the importance of this project in developing the fisheries sector and the services attached to it, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, paid a field visit to the project last Thursday (August 26), during which he inspected the ongoing expansion and development works in the fishing ports, and he was accompanied on this field visit by Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs and a number of directors of departments in the ministry.
Source: Press release
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