SOHAR Port in Oman saw its container throughput in the second quarter rise by 11 per cent year on year, while dry bulk cargo volume was up 24 per cent in the first half of the year.
Container traffic at the Hutchison-managed terminal has grown threefold over the past five years, in line with significant investments to increase efficiency to the highest international standards.
The new Terminal C features remote-controlled quayside cranes to handle 20,000-TEU ships; an automated appointment system to reduce truck waiting times and increase turnaround speed; and new auto-gates that cut paperwork and delays for drivers entering and leaving the new terminal facilities in Sohar, reported TradeArabia News Service.
Significant government investment in new highways, connecting Sohar to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and beyond is also adding to the attraction of the new hub for the region's 3PL operators.
Oman's logistics strategy 2040 is now in full swing, as the sultanate continues to invest across the board in measures to position Oman as a hub for regional trade.
CEO of Sohar port, Mark Geilenkirchen, said: "Sohar is playing an important role in the diversification of Oman's economy as we start to take full advantage of our prime strategic location in the region, outside the Strait of Hormuz but close to the main consumer markets of Iran and the Gulf states.
"We remain fully committed to building a modern and sustainable logistics infrastructure that will support Oman in achieving all our Vision 2020 objectives."
CEO of Sohar Freezone, Jamal Aziz, added: "As the port continues to grow in size and regional significance, so too does our adjacent freezone."
"Our efforts here focus on value-added downstream manufacturing industries that can leverage the availability of feedstock from the port and benefit significantly from the first-class logistics on offer in Sohar, by sea, land or air," said Mr Aziz.
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