Salalah Ports gains link with Asia and Middle East

Salalah Port adds a new main shipping line with the launch of New Falcon Services of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Salalah Port adds new main shipping line
Salalah Port adds new main shipping line

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Salalah Port in Dhofar, Oman, added a new main shipping line with the launch of New Falcon Services of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to directly link with Asia and Middle East.

The first journey of this service, which sailed from Colombo Port in Sri Lanka, was loaded with 7849 TEU, anchored at Salalah Port yesterday.

David Gledhill, CEO of Salalah Port said that the new service ensures faster shipping service between Far East and the Sultanate and meets the growing needs of the market in Salalah.

He added that the new line will develop trade with other economies in the Middle East region.

Launched by MSC in March 2015, the new service includes a fleet of 8 vessels with a capacity of 8000 TEU each, connecting China, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indian with Oman and other GCC countries.

Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy CEO of Salalah Port, said: "We are pleased to receive MSC vessels at Salalah Port, which reflect the trust of the world shipping companies in Salalah Port's ability to meet their logistic needs and serve individuals and companies in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea region."

The Port handled 2.6 million TEU in 2015, in addition to 12.5 million tonnes of cargo. The expansion of the terminal increased the capacity to 20 million tonnes of cargo and 6 million tonnes of liquid goods.

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