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SOHAR Port takes spotlight at TOC Middle East

SOHAR Port and Freezone attends TOC Middle East amid rampant throughput growth an record regional port infrastructure investment.
SOHAR Port and Freezone attends TOC Middle East amid rampant throughput growth an record regional port infrastructure investment.
SOHAR Port and Freezone attends TOC Middle East amid rampant throughput growth an record regional port infrastructure investment.

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With investments in port development in the Middle East nearing US $35 billion and set to rise over the next decade, SOHAR Port and Freezone headed to Dubai last week for the Terminal Operations Conference, or TOC Middle East.

This year’s event, held at the La Meridien Hotel and Conference Centre, focused on analysing the shifts in regional container trades and the implications for ports.

TOC Middle East 2015 gives attendees the chance to connect with the region’s strongest players, receive exclusive updates on current and future infrastructure projects and get a better understanding of how to benefit from the changing landscape of Middle East shipping.

The conference will assess the sustainability of container demand generated in the Middle East/South Asia theatre, shipping lines strategies and related port developments.

Container throughput at the state-of-the-art container terminal in SOHAR, operated by OICT, has doubled over the past year. With the relocation of all commercial traffic from Muscat and the newly expanded Terminal C now fully operational, SOHAR is now equipped to manage 1.5 million TEUs a year.

Container volume in Q3 2015 grew by an impressive 53% from Q3 of 2014.

“Our container throughput figures this year are testament to the success of the operations at SOHAR,” said SOHAR Middle East commercial manager Anders Kron. “Healthy throughput requires consistent efficiency in terms of uncongested port capacity and operations, and that’s something we pride ourselves on.”

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