Port of Duqm re­ceives first con­tain­ers of ship­ping gi­ant CMA CGM

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Mus­cat - Port of Duqm re­ceived the first con­tain­ers of French ship­ping gi­ant CMA CGM via the Oman ex­press ser­vice op­er­ated by Oman Ship­ping Co through its sub­sidiary Oman Con­tainer Line.

The con­tain­ers were loaded with project equip­ment for Se­bacic Oman which will soon be­come the world’s largest se­bacic acid plant in Duqm.

The CMA CGM con­tain­ers which ar­rived at the Port of Duqm orig­i­nated from China and were trans­shipped via an­other re­gional port, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Port of Duqm re­ceived the con­tain­ers in its early con­tainer terminal from where they will be de­liv­ered to Se­bacic Oman’s site.

A cer­e­mony was or­gan­ised in the port to cel­e­brate this ma­jor event un­der the pa­tron­age of H E Said bin Ham­doon al Harthy, un­der­sec­re­tary for ports and mar­itime af­fairs at the Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and other se­nior of­fi­cials from the ma­jor stake­hold­ers.

Reggy Ver­meulen, CEO of Port of Duqm, said the port’s con­tainer terminal is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion and will be com­mis­sioned in the course of 2019. “How­ever, it is cru­cial for the early devel­op­ment of the en­tire Duqm Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone, which in­cludes the port that the con­tainer ac­tiv­i­ties al­ready start ear­lier. This is why we have pre­pared a small pre­lim­i­nary con­tainer terminal on our com­mer­cial quay and en­tered into a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Oman Ship­ping Co to fa­cil­i­tate such early re­quire­ments.”

“We are de­lighted that CMA CGM has reg­is­tered Duqm as a new des­ti­na­tion in its vast net­work and are con­fi­dent that other ship­ping lines will fol­low soon, given the steep con­tainer vol­ume in­creases we ex­pect to be de­vel­oped in and around Duqm in the years to come,” Ver­meulen said.

At the event, CMA CGM was rep­re­sented by Claude Lebel, se­nior vice pres­i­dent for Gulf Re­gion.

“Duqm is re­garded as one of the most promis­ing in­dus­trial and lo­gis­tic de­vel­op­ments in the Mid­dle East­ern re­gion. This is why it is very im­por­tant for our group that we have Duqm on our radar even in this early stage. We ex­pect to grad­u­ally grow our vol­umes for when the Duqm con­tainer terminal is com­mis­sioned in 2019. CMA CGM is ship­ping the fu­ture and shap­ing our pres­ence in Oman,” Lebel said.

Pradeep Nair, CEO of Se­bacic Oman said, “Be­ing the first largest pri­vate in­dus­trial project in Duqm in­dus­trial zone, we are happy that this new ser­vice will al­low us to im­port con­tain­ers via sea which will re­duce cargo move­ment over Oman roads sub­stan­tially: This will be much safer and more cost ef­fi­cient. Our plant shall be op­er­a­tional by end of 2017 and we will gen­er­ate sub­stan­tial con­tainer­ised vol­umes which can also be han­dled via the same lo­gis­tic part­ners.”

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