NFC, Mwasalat set to join hands to serve Mus­cat-Shi­nas-Khasab route

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mwasalat and Na­tional Fer­ries Com­pany (NFC) will en­ter into pact for seam­less travel on the Mus­cat-Shi­nas-Khasab land and sea routes.

An of­fi­cial with Mwasalat said, “We are in the process of en­ter­ing into a part­ner­ship with NFC. The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers of both com­pa­nies are ne­go­ti­at­ing the finer points of the pact. Lots of is­sues need to be ad­dressed be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the pact in­clud­ing the ticket prices, tim­ings of the ser­vice and op­er­a­tion days amongst oth­ers.” A tweet from NFC and Mwasalat stated, “From the bus to the ferry. Let’s go to Khasab. Mus­cat-Shi­nasKhasab route (sic).”

As part of the agree­ment, Mwasalat buses will fa­cil­i­tate pas­sen­ger move­ment till Shi­nas from where NFC runs ferry ser­vice on the Shi­nas-Dibba-Khasab route.

NFC is a key con­trib­u­tor to the mar­itime trans­port in Oman. Oman’s long coast­line makes NFC ser­vice a ne­ces­sity for cit­i­zens and tourists alike. NFC ves­sels car­ried 108,628 pas­sen­gers in the first half of 2017 com­pared to 99,871 in the same pe­riod of last year, record­ing a nine per cent growth rate.

Mean­while, Mwasalat car­ried more than 2.2mn pas­sen­gers be­tween Jan­uary 1 and June 30 this year com­pared to 1.4mn in the same pe­riod last year. It car­ried on an av­er­age more than 12,000 pas­sen­gers per day this year com­pared to more than 8,000 in the same pe­riod of 2016.

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