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Oman International Container Terminal enhances capabilities at Sohar Port
Four post-Panamax cranes, each weighing a mammoth 1,050 tonnes and eight Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGC) were relocated from the old Terminal B to OICT’s new high-tech terminal which became operational in May.
Commenting on the project, Capt Rashid Jamil Syed, CEO — OICT said, “Upon the deployment and re-commissioning of the cranes, Terminal C will become a world-class container terminal. This positions OICT as the potential logistics gateway to the Middle East. The Terminal now has seven Quay Cranes and 14 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGCs) and we are set to take delivery of six additional RTGCs, 18 additional yard tractors, and more than 30 trailers.”
A high-tech self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) was deployed to load the equipment onto a 96 metre-long barge for its transfer and subsequent unloading at Terminal C. Although the distance between the two terminals is only a few hundred metres the operation required pinpoint precision taking into account weather and tidal conditions. The cranes were shifted in four meticulously planned moves during the course of June.
With this dramatic upgrade of Terminal C’s facilities, OICT hopes to handle volumes well above the new terminal’s design capacity of 800,000 TEU per annum through the efficient deployment of modern equipment. OICT also plans to increase its workforce to further boost productivity levels, he added.
Volumes handled at Terminal C have surged in the wake of its soft-launch last month. Container throughput was around 25,000 TEU for the month of June up from 15,000 TEU in May. Projections for July and August are estimated at 30,000 TEU and 40,000 TEU respectively, in line with the August 31 deadline for the transfer of commercial operations from Port Sultan Qaboos to Sohar Port.
Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) is a joint-venture between Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of the Netherlands and a number of other well-established Omani investors. OICT is a member of the HPH Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator.
The HPH network of port operations comprises 319 berths in 52 ports, spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded internationally into other logistics and transportation-related businesses. These include cruise ship terminals, distribution centres, rail services, and ship repair facilities.
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