Belgian consortium wins $101 million Port of Fujairah contract

Firms to build the Dibba Bulk Handling Terminal Project; a $101 million project aiming to expand and upgrade the port’s bulk-handling capacity

Besix’s Six Construct has announced that its consortium with Belgian contractor Jan De Nul has been awarded the contract for the expansion of the Port of Fujairah.

According to a statement from Six Construct, the Dibba Bulk Handling Terminal Project, which is valued at $101 million is aimed at expansion and upgradation of the port’s bulk-handling capacity. The design and build contract will include dredging the navigation channel and port basin, reclamation and shore protection, as well as constructing breakwaters, a 765 metre long quay wall, foundations for ship loader rails, port infrastructure and creating utilities and aids to navigation, stated Six Construct.

Yasser Laroussi Ben Asker, operations manager at Besix, said: “Six Construct is very pleased and honoured to partner with the Port of Fujairah, as part of our decades-long history in the emirate. The history of Six Construct and the Port of Fujairah are very well connected.”

Six Construct further added that the consortium’s approach to optimise the design by providing ‘value engineering’, along with the newly-established Central Marine Support department, has presented a strong, competitive solution to the client.

The expansion plans are part of Fujairah Port’s strategy to increase the port’s bulk handling capacity and operational efficiency, as well as improve the quality of its service, which is considered among the best in the world.

“Besix’s entity in the Middle East helped on several occasions to extend the port infrastructure. We share the same values in aspiring to create long-term partnerships to support the emirate’s development goals, and we are investing in a long and prosperous relationship,” Asker stated.

Stefan Moens, Jan De Nul, group area manager for ME, said: We build on many years of experience in the UAE and this award confirms the Port of Fujairah’s satisfaction with our previous port expansion projects executed in the region.”

“We are very proud to be appointed as a trusted partner for the delivery of these works, moreover, in consortium with Besix, another company with Belgian roots,” he concluded.

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