Muscat: Special Economic Zone Authority for Duqm (Sezad) has floated a tender to build a fishing harbour in Duqm for the international companies specialised in this field and local companies of the first grade or higher.
The fishing harbour in Duqm is the largest of its kind in the Sultanate with an area of 600 hectares. It includes a fish industry area aimed at achieving the optimum utilisation of fish resources through the establishment of a group of specialised fish manufacturing and canning facilities.
Sezad set January 26 as the date for the companies wishing to know more about the site to visit the project site. The companies may also receive answers to their inquiries about the project through contacting the Department of Contracts and Tenders during the bidding period, which will last until March 8.
The establishment of the fishing harbour and fish industry area in Duqm is part of the Sultanate's efforts for economic diversification. It aims to provide more job opportunities for the citizens, and stimulate economic activity in the Governorate of Al Wusta, increase the yield of available fish resources in the country.
This is part of taking advantage of the strategic location of Duqm as a promising economic and investment area that has a multi-purpose port, an airport, highways and a railway underway, which would contribute to the revitalisation of Duqm economic zone.
The harbour includes quay with a total length of 3.4 km, a fixed pier for fishing purposes of 850 metres, and a fixed pier for the Royal Oman Police (ROP) of 50 metres. Project works will include deepening the harbour basin up to 6 metres, land reclamation to establish port service buildings. They also include a tourist area with a wharf, floating berths, give floating moorings for fishermen with linking bridges, a floating marina for Coast Guard, in addition to a crane for boat maintenance, slider to boats, marine services and facilities, service buildings, internal roads, parking lots and maintenance and repair workshops.
The fishing industry area in Duqm will include 60 fish manufacturing facilities, cooling and freezing stores, and ship maintenance and repair workshops. The area aims to encourage fish farming, attract projects that add good value to Sezad, conduct research on fishery sector development at an equipped research centre, in addition to various qualification and training centres.