Muscat: His Highness Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, representative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, hailed the services provided by ferryboats on Shanna-Masirah route, which started operations last week.
During one of the journeys to Masirah Island, Sayyid Asa'ad was briefed about the utilities on the passenger deck and vehicle deck of the new ferryboat, Jawharat
He praised the improvement in services and quality of services rendered to Omanis, expatriates and tourists, especially as the ferryboats are provided with required conveniences, as well as meeting HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) requirements for the transportation of vehicles and passengers.
He also hailed the efforts made to ensure comprehensive development in all parts of the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty. He affirmed that launching of the modern ferryboats will have a positive impact on Masirah Island and its citizens.
The National Ferries Company (NFC) recently announced its decision to operate two ferry boats Shanna and Jawharhat Masirah on the Shanna-Masirah route.
The launch of the new boats was planned after all technical formalities at Shanna and Masirah harbours were completed.
"The company has tested all the facilities to ensure that they are in line with the operational standards for the two ferry boats. The technical facilities include fixing steel beams to ensure safety of operations and facilitate docking while boarding and disembarking by passengers and vehicles, regardless of weather conditions," Mahdi bin Mohammed Al Abdwani, the CEO of NFC had informed last week.
The company has invested OMR500,000 in rehabilitating the berths in Shanna and Masirah through an international tender.
In response to the Royal Directives of His Majesty 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.
Adult non-residents and expats in Masirah will have to pay OMR6 and children between three and 12 years will be charged OMR3 to travel on this route.
For Masirah residents and workers, the fare will be OMR1 for adults and OMR0.5 for children between the ages of three and 12 years.