Sohar Port: increase in capacity

Sohar Port: increase in capacity

Sohar Port augments capacity by 14pc

01 September 2021

The Port of Sohar stepped up its capacity by 14 per cent (18 million tons) during the second quarter of this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, a media report said.

The volume of liquid commodities rose by 13 per cent to 4.5 million metric tonnes, while dry goods volume went up by 12 per cent to 10.5 million metric tonnes, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

The port posted a hefty 168 per cent increase in handling vessel-mounted mobile goods, but it dealt with 190,000 standard container units (ITUs) by the end of the second quarter this year, 2.3 per cent less than the corresponding rate in 2020. As many as 804 vessels dropped anchor at Sohar Port, 18 per cent more than the number of vessels berthed there during the second quarter last year.

The Free Zone at Sohar saw a rise in land occupancy (First Phase) during the second quarter, up by 10 per cent, while it registered 503,000 tons of exports. Production capacity touched 545,000 tons in the free zone where 45 countries have investments.

Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of Sohar Port, said that, despite positive indicators pointing to the recovery of global economy, market fluctuations persist due to the prevalence of Covid-19. Current data shows that the incessant efforts of the Port’s management yielded fruit. The management improved its plans and task visualisations, and this enhanced the port’s flexibility and ability to adapt to the reigning conditions.

Forecasts point to the fact that Sohar Port is making progress in the right direction, as it overtook the volume of shipments delivered in 2020, he added.  

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