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Omani ports show growth

20 May 2020 By ONA

A substantial increase in the number of cargo and export operations marked the quarterly performance of Omani ports in 2020 at a time direct import from global destinations also saw a boost, thanks to tremendous efforts exerted by Asyad Group, which linked the sultanate’s ports with regional counterparts. 

Working in cooperation with other government departments concerned, Asyad launched a promotional campaign targeting international routes and showcasing a range of competitive incentives, including facilitation of customs and clearing formalities. 

In the first quarter of 2020, Omani ports received a total of 16.6mn tonnes of general and liquid products, of them 12.1mn tonnes were general goods and 4.5mn tonnes as liquid derivatives. As for containers, the sultanate’s ports received a total of 1.4mn standard containers (TEUs) during the first quarter of 2020. 

As many as 2,500 vessels visited the sultanate’s ports over the first three months of 2020. In terms of imports, a total of 35,000 vehicles and equipment were received, in addition to a total of 588,300 heads of cattle. 

Under the current circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Asyad offered all possible incentives to secure local market requirements for livestock from different Asian, African and European countries. As a result of direct and consistent import, the sultanate’s markets enjoy abundance in display. 

Eng Said bin Hamoud al Ma’awali, CEO of Oman Dry Dock and Oman Shipping, said that his company transported more than 22,000 containers along its route with Indian ports. He added that Oman Shipping continued to operate its fleet in full swing during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Ma’awali explained that the company allocates four container carriers and operates three direct shipping lines, saving the time and money of investors. The company’s fleet, which consists of 56 carriers, reaches out to 200 different ports in the different continents. By the beginning of 2020, four new dry bulk carriers joined the company’s fleet. 

First quarterly results of the Port of Sohar point to 18% increase in dry bulk handling, in addition to 2% increase in liquid product handling. The number of ships that called on the sultanate’s ports over the first three months of 2020 increased by 4% to 852 vessels, compared to the corresponding period in 2019. This coincided with a 15% rise in Sohar port operations for the same period while ship operations increased by 90% during the first quarter. 

Mohammed bin Oufait al Shanfari, Manager at Port of Salalah, said that container handling operations in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 28%, compared to the corresponding period last year. The volume of import also increased, to keep pace with the rising demand for foodstuff (vegetables, fruits). 
Port activity at Salalah also saw an 18% rise, while imports increased by 13% and container handling volume surged by 23%. 

Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Abri, CEO of Asyad’s Marafi, said that more than 50 direct voyages were operated with Bandar Abbas port and Jasek Port of the Islamic Republic of Iran since the launch of the regional maritime route. The number of vessels increased to 14, said Abri, adding that Marafi increased the number of direct import voyages from country of origin through the operation of a number of vessels used exclusively for the transport of various types of vegetables and fruits by using large deep-cool containers in cooperation with the government departments concerned. 

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