Oman Shipping Company is looking at adding up to 10 bulk carriers as it chases a greater market share of the aggregates business.
Speaking with the Times of Oman, Tarik Mohammed Al Junaidi, CEO of the state-run line, said aggregate exports from the Middle East were growing fast.
“That is an area we want to capture. We are now exporting small cargoes and that is not enough. We want to get into a bigger scale,” he said, adding that he would look to add anywhere from two to 10 ships for this trade depending on how much business his company was able to capture.
Al Junaidi also confirmed plans to acquire two container vessels to replace current ships currently chartered in. OSC is looking for secondhand container vessels, each with a capacity of around 3,000 teu.
Oman Shipping is one of the Middle East’s largest lines with a fleet of 51 ships equating to a combined capacity of 8m dwt.