The platform is the first of its kind in the region and will comprise of sea schedules connecting to 550 ports worldwide.
These new logistics units will be developed over a 580,000sqm area within the SOHAR Freezone and will comprise up to 290,000sqm of leasable space.
The agreement means that businesses in the Sohar Freezone could be powered by solar photovoltaic (PV) projects instead of gas.
The terminal served three vessels in a recent two week period, managing an average Gross Crane Rate (GCR) of 38 moves per hour and a high of 52 moves per hour.
The order includes three of Sanmar’s Bigacay-class tugs and two Sirapinar-class vessels following the signing of a 15-year operations contract with SOHAR Port.
Oman Sugar Refining Plant, the first of its kind in the sultanate, spans 188,000m² and will cost approximately $350m (OMR134m) to build.
Svitzer will also provide round-the-clock operational support for ship movements in and around the rapidly growing port as part of the agreement.
The new SOHAR operations represents the fourth location of operations in the Middle East, adding to Albwardy Damen’s Afloat Repairs Division comprehensive workshop facilities in Dubai, Sharjah, and Fujairah.
The job involved jacking the loads onto customised stools, clearing customs, and arranging escorts and civil work along the delivery route.
The $24 million agreement covers the reclamation of 50 hectares of land as part of a programme to add 200 hectares to the port’s existing 2,000 hectares capacity.
New facility expected to be completed within two years.
Hutchison Ports Sohar has achieved a rise in its average vessel operation rate of 70%, with Terminal C hitting a record high of 169 moves per hour on 21 January.
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