First ship on new Iran-Oman service arrives in Sohar
The first ship operating under the direct shipping line agreement between Iran and Oman arrived in Sohar Port Saturday, according to the Iran – Oman Joint Chamber of Commerce.
The ship departed from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and a number of Iranian and Omani officials attended the ceremony in Sohar, according to the report, which did not include the name of the vessel.
However, AIS vessel tracking data shows that the only vessel currently in port is the bulk carrier Pacific Noble, which docked in Sohar Saturday after transiting the Strait of Hormuz.
Abdolhossein Khedri, the CEO of Khedri Jahan Darya Shipping AG, the private Iranian company operating the new route, has previously said that three vessels, including two container ships and a bulk carrier, will make trips every 15 days in the initial phase.
Iran and Oman agreed to establish a direct shipping line between the two countries to enhance maritime trade during the visit of an Omani business delegation to Iran in late April, led by Said bin Saleh Al Kiyumi, chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
"The trips could be held on a weekly basis if Iranian businesses welcome this scheme," Khedri said when the new service was first announced.
Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager, Sohar Port and Freezone, has previously said that logistical support, including a regular shipping service, is the prerequisite for an increase in trade between Iran and the world, through Oman.