SOHAR Port & Freezone signs contract for all-new pilot boat fleet

Svitzer will also provide round-the-clock operational support for ship movements in and around the rapidly growing port as part of the agreement.
Modern pilot boats have semi-displacement hulls, capable of fast speeds in rough weather conditions.
Modern pilot boats have semi-displacement hulls, capable of fast speeds in rough weather conditions.

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SOHAR Port and Freezone has ordered a new fleet of pilot boats from Svitzer, which is part of the Danish business conglomerate A.P. Moller.

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 agreement was signed on September 3 at the SOHAR head office. Mark Geilenkirchen, the CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone, signed the agreement on behalf of SOHAR, while Svitzer was represented by Karim Cordahi, country manager of Svitzer Oman.

“Due to the rapid growth in port operations and vessel movements’ year-on-year, the provision of safe and efficient pilot services are a vital link in our operational capability,” said Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone.

“The main scope of our agreement is for Svitver to supply, man, manage, operate and maintain two Pilot Boats at SOHAR based on a continuous 24 hour operational cycle to ensure a safe and efficient transport for marine pilots. This includes the provision of the pilot boats, boat maintenance and crew manning, whilst strictly adhering to the HSSE and environmental standards in place at SOHAR,” he added.

“Svitzer has a global reputation for managing pilot boats with exceptional seakeeping abilities and able to deal with the harshest sea conditions, and we always keep ourselves prepared to assist our clients mitigate the impact of any unforeseen marine circumstance,” added Karim Cordahi, country manager of Svitzer Oman.