Port of Sohar in Oman celebrates record year
Total cargo volumes handled by the port soared 51% in 2012
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.