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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.

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