Muscat: Sohar Port and Freezone has sent its clearest message yet that it is ready for the transfer of commercial traffic from Muscat, at an agents meeting designed to showcase how the port's new world-class terminals will facilitate the move when it takes place later this year. It also provided an opportunity to highlight the global players that have been encouraged to set up operations by 1,000 per cent growth.
The meeting was held with less than two months to go before an estimated 300,000 TEU in container traffic, 200,000 freight tonnes of general cargo, and 70,000 cars make the 200 kilometre migration north from the capital. Sohar's ambitious vision and growing reputation as a front-runner in global shipping and logistics, have already attracted the likes of Hutchison Whampoa, Oiltanking Odfjell, and C. Steinweg to the Port.
The first ever 10,000 TEU container ship to arrive into Sohar docked last month. Meanwhile, a $130 million expansion of the container terminal, is expected to attract further investment in what has quickly become one of the world's fastest growing port development sites.
The meeting was attended by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications; Sohar Port CEO, Andre Toet, CEO of the Oman International Container Terminal, Captain Rashid Jamil, and CEO of C. Steinweg Oman, Arie Koppelaar.
A series of presentations were followed by a questions and answers session and a tour through the port to visit the expanded terminal capacity of both terminals.