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Evergreen vessel makes maiden call at Sohar Port

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 | 10:42
Sohar Port and Freezone welcomed the inaugural call of the Evergreen container vessel ‘Messini’ this week, marking the start of a partnership between Evergreen and Simatech.

The partnership between the two lines will regularly connect Sohar Port with other major ports in South Asia, with Messini the first container ship to operate the new service.

Andre Toet, CEO of the Port Authority, said the new line is an important addition as it broadens the connectivity of Sohar with the world and will offer even more choice for Omani importers and exporters.

“Today’s maiden call bears witness to the steady growth in both our handling capacity and our efficiency at Sohar Port,” said Toet. “The continued smooth operations at OICT have brought us new lines and more connections. Regular calls of vessels like the EGL Messini are a sign of even bigger things to come.”

As Sohar Port flourishes so does the Freezone; Jamal Aziz concluded: “We now have the capacity for 1.5-million-teu annually through the Port and that translates directly into more business opportunities in SOHAR Freezone; as the Freezone grows as a manufacturing base, the Port will also grow its share of exports. Our aim is to build more in-country value all the way along the supply chain and today’s ceremony marks another important step on that journey.”

The arrival of the Evergreen vessel was marked with a ceremony attended by Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, chairman of the Board of SIPC, the Port Authority; Said bin Hamdoon bin Saif Al Harthy, undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Maritime Affairs; Sohar Port and Freezone CEO’s Andre Toet and Jamal Aziz; Albert Pang, the CEO of Oman International Container Terminal LLC (OICT); as well as representatives of the Evergreen and Simatech shipping lines.
Source: ASC
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