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Published: 31 October 2012      

Boubyan Island progressing

Kuwait's new Mubarak al Kabir port on Boubyan Island is expected to begin operations in 2017

The Kuwaiti government has been able to press ahead with the ambitious new port complex since late last year, when Iraq withdrew its objections to the project. There was a diplomatic spat when Baghdad said the new port would interfere with Iraqi navigation, but the Iraqis changed their position after reviewing the technical data.

Some key infrastructure projects have been let by the Kuwaiti government. Phase 1 of the new port, estimated at US$1.2B, will include a deep water container terminal with a quay length of 1200m and is expected to open in 2017. Design audit and construction supervision is being provided by URS Scott Wilson. It is understood that the STS cranes will have a 45m rail gauge to reduce ground load factors. More information is published in the October 2012 edition of WorldCargo News.


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