Muscat: Sohar Port and Freezone celebrated another milestone over the weekend with the call of a first 10,000 teu sized ship. The APL Savannah called at the recently expanded Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) and senior management there now believe they have the infrastructure in place to take on regional rivals such as Jebel Ali. OICT’s expansion will allow the port to handle 1.5m teu a year, up from the previous capacity of 800,000 teu. Further terminal development is also viewed more long term which would push capacity up to 3.5m teu.
Sohar Port and Freezone Chief Executive Andre Toet said: “We are committed and geared towards catering for, and creating growth in container traffic. We’re in prime position to attract shipping lines to channel their North Oman specific boxes through Sohar rather than Jebel Ali or other neighbouring ports.”
From August 31 this year all containerships have to switch calls from Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar as part of Oman’s plans to develop Sohar. [25/05/14]