Oman's NFC inks deal for new facilities at Dibba Port
By: Beatrice Thomas
Oman’s National Ferries Company (NFC) has inked a deal with Sweden-based company TTS for new facilities at Dibba Port as part of the Sultanate’s broader port redevelopment plans.
Under the deal, the port, in Musandam, will get a new ramp system to provide technical facilities for receiving various sized NFC fast ferries, the Muscat Daily reported.
It said the advanced ramp system would better enable handling of natural conditions at the port in both low and high tide.
It also allowed direct berthing of fast ferries, disembarkation of passengers and vehicles and receiving NFC’s landing craft Halaniyat, and loading and unloading of goods and equipment.
The ramp system has the capacity to accommodate vehicles and trucks weighing up to 20 tonnes, a statement quoted by the Daily said.
The agreement is seen as a continuation of the project to increase the depth of the fisheries port in the wilayat.
It is expected that the launch of the fast ferries service in Dibba will facilitate people's transport between Dibba and neighbouring wilayats.
It will also promote commercial and maritime activity, increase the volume of goods entering Dibba port and promote tourism activity, the release added.
Last month it emerged that Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Port will take its last shipments on August 31 next year as the Government moves ahead with plans to convert the area into a tourist hub.
Minister of Transport and Communications Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi announced the deadline for receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels carrying project material at the port, according to the local daily Times of Oman.
He said commercial activities would then be shifted to the Sohar Industrial Port, with the last four months of 2014 devoted to clearing all goods at the port's warehouses and yards.