SOHAR HOSTS SHIPPING AGENTS MEETING AND HERRING RECEPTION
SOHAR Port and Freezone hosted their Annual Shipping Agents Meeting on May 9, at the Crowne Plaza in Sohar. Maritime experts from the port and shipping industries were briefed on the latest developments and initiatives underway at SOHAR, shared insights on the latest industry trends and updates, and discussed innovative methods to attract additional business at SOHAR in the future. Highlighting the importance of the meeting, Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone said, “As the fastest growing Port in the region, is it vital for us to regularly connect with our partners in the maritime sector to share
information on the latest developments underway at SOHAR. This annual gathering underlines our firm commitment to collaborate with partners in order to continue delivering world-class port facilities and operational capabilities, while keeping abreast of industry trends and advances in new technologies.” The Shipping Agents meeting kicked-off with a welcome speech delivered by Robert Bartstra, Executive Commercial Manager at SOHAR, which was followed by several briefing sessions and workshop discussions. Themes of the gathering included marine services, ROP Customs update, several terminal updates, and a Q&A session.
Following the meeting, SOHAR Port and Freezone hosted their Annual Herring Reception. The event, celebrated the long-standing partnership between SOHAR with the Port of Rotterdam and Oman’s long-standing relations with the Kingdom
of the Netherlands. Government dignitaries and officials from the public and private sector joined the reception as well to celebrate the traditional Dutch event. The soused herring, which has been part of Dutch culinary traditions for over 600 years, is traditionally consumed by holding it by its tail, dipping it in onions and then lowering it whole into one’s mouth.
“This event is a great opportunity for us to connect with our industry partners and stakeholders to celebrate the longstanding relationship between Oman and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. SOHAR Port and Freezone has achieved many milestones and has grown steadily since its founding in 2003. During this period, we have worked closely with our partner Port of Rotterdam, so this festival not only gives thanks to that special relationship, but also reaffirms Oman’s strong ties with the people of Holland,” Mark added.