New Hanjin service links Sohar directly with Far East
Soaht Port and Freezone has added another global shipping line to its growing roster of direct calls.
The port held a ceremony to welcome the arrival of the container ship M.V.Hanjin Hamburg last week.
The new 8,600 TEU service from Hanjin, one of the world’s top ten shipping lines, will directly link SOHAR to the Far East and is a significant addition in terms of direct connectivity for Sohar.
Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Salem Al-Futaisi, the Sultanate’s Minister of Transport and Communications, representatives of Hanjin Shipping, as well as executives from Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) and Sohar Port and Freezone, were on the quayside to welcome the arrival of the South Korean container vessel.
The inaugural ceremony celebrated the continued growth of the port, where handling capacity at the state-of-the-art container terminal, operated by OICT, has doubled over the past year.
With the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat to Sohar in 2014, and the newly expanded Terminal C now fully operational, Sohar is now equipped to manage 1.5 million TEUs per year.
Hanjin is the second major shipping line to join Sohar in the last three months, with the port welcoming the arrival of the EGL Messini from global line Evergreen, in May 2015.
The new Hanjin service will facilitate direct links to include South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Sohar CEO Andre Toet said: “The past year has been of huge significance for Sohar Port and specifically for our container business with OICT; the growth in both size and efficiency at OICT has led to more new lines and, most importantly, more direct connections.
"These direct calls help us to sink costs, savings that can be passed on all the way through the supply chain.”
Sohar Freezone head Jamal Aziz added: “Our goal is ultimately to secure that all imports and exports from and for Oman go through Omani ports, and adding this new direct service is another important step on that journey. SOHAR Port Authority is actively working together with OICT and our other terminals on strategies to achieve this.”