Port of Salalah expansion project on track

With the arrival of the final four out of a total of ten new ship-to-shore cranes in early June, thePort of Salalah’s US$ 300 million expansion plan is on schedule to boost annual container handling capacity from 5 million to 6 million TEU by the end of this year.

Despite the extensive upgrade works that commenced last year, in the recently published 2023 Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), from the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, Port of Salalah retained its position as the...


Sohar Port to extend biofuel bunkering project

Oman’s Sohar Port has become one of the first ports in the Middle East to use biofuel bunkering for tugboat operations. After receiving its first delivery of biofuel, bunkering with B20 – a mixture of 80% diesel and 20% biofuel – began as a trial for Tug Sohar. However, the port has confirmed the project is now set to be extended to all tugboats at the port, in collaboration with tugboat operator Svitzer, biofuel supplier Woqod and bunker service provider Hormuz Marine.

Emile Hoogsteden, CEO of...


Fishing Vessel News Roundup | June 13 – UK hybrid aquaculture workboat, seiner delivery to Oman and more

Sea trials completed for Inverlussa Marine Services’ newest workboat Netherlands-based Nauplius Workboats has completed conducting sea trials of a new shallow-draught, fish farm support workboat ordered by UK aquaculture support company Inverlussa Marine Services. Arthur Douglas is a near-identical sister of Geraldine Mary, which was delivered to Inverlussa in 2022. Irish fishing family to welcome […]

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Asyad continues expansion with new Singapore office

Asyad’s decision to open an office in Singapore has increased the Omani group’s global presence and continued its eastward expansion. Represented by Asyad Shipping, the group plans to capitalise on this new operational base to increase Oman’s connectivity with the world’s biggest consumer and production centres and boost trade volumes. 

Kevin Ang, Managing Director of Asyad Shipping Singapore, explained: “Our new office in Singapore is a momentous milestone in Asyad’s journey to diversify...


Fisheries Development Oman’s newest seiner completes sea trials

Adamas, a new tuna seiner ordered by Fisheries Development Oman

Spain’s Zamakona Yards has completed conducting sea trials of a new tuna purse seining vessel ordered by Fisheries Development Oman (FDO). Adamas belongs to a series that also includes the 2023-built Acila. It will be operated by FDO subsidiary Al Wusta Fisheries Industries, which trades under the...


Blended crude oil milestone for Asyad

Asyad Shipping has achieved a notable first for Oman’s maritime and energy sector with the successful delivery of the inaugural shipment of blended crude oil by an entirely-Omani supply chain. The oil cargo was transported by the VLCC Saiqfrom Mina Al Fahal to Ras Markaz, destined for the Duqm Refinery (OQ8) in Oman.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nadhairi, CEO of Asyad Shipping, said: “Our success in delivering the first blended crude oil shipment managed entirely by an Omani company underscores our...


LNG deal set to boost Sohar green bunkering hub status

Sohar Port and Freezone has signed an agreement with Marsa Liquefied Natural Gas, a joint venture between Total E&P Oman Development and OQ, which is considered a significant milestone in the development of an LNG liquefaction plant in the port estate. This project will, the port says, lead to Sohar becoming the first LNG bunkering hub in the region. 

Emile Hoogsteden, CEO of SOHAR Port, said, “By leveraging renewable energy and cutting-edge technology, we are leading the way towards greener,...


COLUMN | Looking to the future: Petrobras newbuilds; James Fisher; Saudi Arabia’s NEOM plans; TotalEnergies and Sapura; wind bust timing [Offshore Accounts]

“Brazil is the country of the future,” goes the cliché that the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig declared in 1941 as the opening line of his book Brazil, Land of the Future. Zweig wrote in exile there, and a year later, he and his wife deliberately killed themselves with a drug overdose. Brazilians then began joking […]

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Port of Salalah trials solution to freshwater scarcity

The Port of Salalah, Oman, is piloting an innovative solution to tackle freshwater scarcity together with its major client, Maersk. Existing freshwater generator systems aboard cargo ships produce potable water by distilling sea water using waste heat energy harnessed from their engines. This water is now being stored and excess water is being delivered to the port during berthing.

Traditionally, this system has been used to generate water only for onboard consumption, but this untapped...


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