Oman-India-Sri Lanka cargo loop by Evergreen announced

Oman container terminal in Port of Sohar to be centrepiece of new Oman-India-Sri Lanka container loop
Oman container terminal in Port of Sohar to be centrepiece of new Oman-India-Sri Lanka container loop
Oman container terminal in Port of Sohar to be centrepiece of new Oman-India-Sri Lanka container loop

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Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) in Port of Sohar has announced a new container service connecting the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East after Evergreen Line and Simatech Shipping signed a vessel sharing agreement.

Four vessels are planned for deployment on the new weekly route, which is being branded as the Chennai-Colombo-Gulf Service, or CCG. Each vessel will have a capacity of around 2,000-teu, according to sources at OICT.

The gateway for international trade in Oman, OICT is also a hub for regional transhipment traffic. The terminal is a joint-venture between global port investor, developer and operator Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of Netherlands and a number of other well-established Omani investors.

The port rotation for CCG will be Colombo, Sri Lanka; Vizakhapatnam, Krishnapatnam and Chennai, India; Colombo; Cochin, India; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Sohar, Oman; Cochin and back to Colombo and the first of the four vessels is expected to sail from Colombo on May 9th.

"In addition to providing efficient transportation services linking the major ports of southern India and Sri Lanka with the gulf, this important intra-regional service will also connect to Evergreen's global service network via its transhipment hub in Colombo," Evergreen indicated in its latest trade advisory.

OICT's Terminal C currently has an annual capacity of 800,000-teu, which is set to increase to 1.5-million-teu per annum. Upon completion of Terminal D, OICT's capacity will be increased to 6-million-teu per annum.

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