Sul­tanate’s ports see 20% growth

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

MUS­CAT: The Sul­tanate’s ports reg­is­tered a growth of 20 per cent in the first seven months of this year com­pared with the same pe­riod of 2017, ac­cord­ing re­cent data re­leased by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI).

The ro­bust growth is an in­di­ca­tor of the con­tin­ued progress wit­nessed by Omani ports which sur­passes an in­ter­na­tional growth of around 3.1 per cent.

Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Chair­man of Asyad Group Board of Di­rec­tors, said those re­sults are the out­put of the govern­ment’s ef­forts to boost and di­ver­sify the na­tional econ­omy, and Oman’s ports play an im­por­tant role in this re­spect.

A re­port re­leased by Asyad Group said that con­tainer han­dling ac­tiv­i­ties at So­har Port in­creased by 20 per cent and ex­ports by 26 per cent. In­bound con­tainer vol­ume at Port of Salalah grew by 24 per cent, while ex­ported con­tain­ers in­creased by 22 per cent as the port saw a 2 per cent rise in re­ship­ping ac­tiv­i­ties de­spite a 10-day sus­pen­sion of op­er­a­tions due to Cy­clone Mekunu in May this year.

Oman’s ports wit­nessed an in­creased growth in link­ing to global ports which trans­lated in a 30 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of in­bound con­tainer ships at Port of Salalah as well as a 14 per cent growth in gen­eral cargo ships.

Be­sides, the port saw an in­crease of 28 per cent in liq­uid cargo ves­sels. The Sul­tanate’s sea ports ac­counted for 68.5 per cent of the coun­try’s to­tal im­ports and 73.5 per cent of the Sul­tanate’s non-oil ex­ports and re­ship­ping as at the end of June this year.


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