Port of Sohar in Oman celebrates record year

Total cargo volumes handled by the port soared 51% in 2012

NEWS, Business, Oman, Port of Sohar

The Port of Sohar achieved record container and cargo volumes, as well as vessel movements during 2012, its CEO confirmed, with plans set for a new container terminal and land reclamation.

Total cargo volumes handled by the port soared 51% to reach 43,936,193 freight registered tons (FRT) from 29,134,240 FRT a year earlier.

Box traffic at the Omani port climbed 83% year-over-year to 198,817 TEU, while Ro-Ro cargo, comprising mainly automotive imports, leapt 69% to 73,548 units in 2012.

Dry bulk volumes also rose 78% to 26.115 million tons (mt), buoyed largely by shipments of iron ore for Vale’s pelletising plant.

Vessel traffic jumped 29% to 1,918 calls, against 1,487 vessel movements a year earlier.

Andre Toet, CEO of Port of Sohar, said that he is optimistic about building on the port’s 2012 performance by implementing a number of initiatives designed to boost operational efficiency, enhance productivity, and strengthen HSE standards across the industrial hub and free zone.

They include plans for a new container terminal, a reclamation scheme that will create new land for industrial development, dedicated agro-bulk terminal, new liquid jetty, a superior gate system for the port and free zone, and the further enhancement of marine services at anchorage.


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