Muscat: In a welcome news for the residents of the Masirah Island, the National Ferries Company (NFC) will operate two ferry boats 'Shanna' and 'Jawarhat Masirah' on the Shanna-Masirah route starting next Thursday.
Speaking to the media, Mahdi bin Mohammed Al Abdwani, the CEO of NFC said the launch of new boats has been planned as all technical formalities at Shanna and Masirah harbours have been completed. The company has tested all the facilities to ensure they are in line with the operational standards for the two ferry boats.
"The technical facilities included fixing steel beams to ensure safety of operations and facilitate docking while boarding and disembarking of passengers and vehicles, regardless of the condition of waves and winds," he added.
"The company has invested OMR500,000 in rehabilitating the berths in Shanna and Masirah through an international tender," he said. Al Abdwani said that in response to the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said about providing employment to Omani youths, the company has recruited and trained a number of citizens in the wilayats of Mahout and Masirah to run the reservation offices in Shanna and in the Wilayat of Masirah.
As for the fares on the new Shanna-Masirah route, he said NFC is a non-profit organisation, therefore, fares for non-residents and expats in Masirah will be OMR6 for adults and OMR3 for children between three and 12 years. For Masirah residents and workers, the fare will be OMR1 for adults and OMR0.5 for children between three and 12 years of age.