Muscat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has announced a tender for establishment of a fishing port in Mahut, Al Wusta.
With the aim of bolstering the economy and enhancing national income, the ministry is inviting bids from both local and international firms specialising in port development, management and operations. Bids will be accepted until October 23.
The port is envisioned to serve multiple sectors, including trade and tourism, alongside its primary focus on fisheries.
According to an MAFWR official, spread over 688,177sqm, the port will host a range of facilities, including a 3,020m breakwater, a 4m deep quay, a fish market, boat repair workshops, two ice-making units, a fuel station and a prayer hall. “For the fishing community, there will be a 68m stationary berth, a 140m mooring zone and three 90m floating berths.”
Additionally, there will be a fixed berth measuring 120m for the Coast Guard to support security and maritime operations.
Also, 1,200,000sqm of land will be reclaimed and an area of 1,700sqm will be dedicated to tourism activities.
“We envision a space that attracts investments, offers employment to Omani fishermen and boosts the national economy,” the official emphasised.
Al Wusta is home to 5,134 fishermen, 2,287 fishing boats and 124 artisanal fishing vessels.