Muscat: Sohar Port recently held its Annual Shipping Agents Meeting to provide progress updates to more than 40 regional and international partners and discuss innovative ways to attract business to the port.
During the meeting, the port also conducted a signing ceremony for Ship Chandling licenses with three new partners: Seven Seas Ship Chandlers, Al Diyafah Supplies & Services Co., and Mars Marine Services. The three companies will provide general ship supplies, spare parts to the shipping lines.
“As critical business partners in our industry, agents have a direct relationship with shipping companies and are always looking for new competitive advantages, efficiencies and value-added services to improve performance for their current and future clients. With our aim to ensure world-class facilities and services, this is a great opportunity to present our capability to meet the growing demands of global trade and industry, while also attracting new investment to Sohar,” said Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive Officer of Sohar Port.
As part of its efforts to develop a full-service ecosystem and make top-class marine services available to its clients, Sohar partners with a number of local SMEs and international companies. Among these, it has joined hands with Hormuz Marine to introduce bunkering services and Credential Ship Services as for crew change and supplies at sea. In addition, berth 25 has been made available again for Layby and service operations such as hold cleaning and repairs. Next month, the new marine waste collection service provider, Oman Maritime Waste Treatment, will also begin its first soft trials at the port.
As one of the fastest-growing port and freezone complexes in the world, Sohar is investing in cutting-edge technology and renewable energy to lead the expansion and modernisation of the Sultanate’s logistics and trade sectors.
The latest partnerships will support these efforts, while enhancing the reputation of the port and freezone, attracting new clients, including the world’s largest container vessels, and allowing increased cargo traffic to pass through. Meanwhile, Sohar Port and Freezone continues to build on its future capabilities in support of the economic diversification objectives within Oman’s 2040 Vision.