Salalah: The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has launched a new service between the Port of Salalah and Mogadishu. The first vessel carried 1,344 TEU to Salalah Port on July 6, 2013.
The new fortnightly service will carry Somali consignments to different world markets through Salalah Port. The service continues the efforts made to enhance the existing trade between the two countries, which was estimated at $116 million.
Suban Mahd, Commercial Attaché at the Somali Embassy in the Sultanate, said, "This is a milestone achievement for Somali trade, in general, and bilateral trade between Oman and Somalia, in particular."
During his turn, Peter Ford, CEO of Salalah Port, stated, "Salalah Port is very happy to act as a communication link between MSC and Somalia."
He added that the service would enhance the growing trade volume between the two countries and would provide Omani factories with a competitive edge in emerging markets.
MSC, a private company established in 1970, is one of the leading shipping companies in the world.
For its part, Salalah Port is known for its strategic location on the main marine route that connects the East with the West. The port is considered an ideal location to access the Middle East and North African and Indian subcontinent markets.