Port of Duqm CEO, Reggy Vermeulen extended greetings to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on the occasion of Oman’s 49th Renaissance Day. In his message, he highlighted the achievements of the logistics sector in Oman stating that Oman’s ranking in the Logistics Performance Index has been consistently rising.
“This proves that the efforts that have been undertaken by the logistics sector and the Port, in particular, are now paying off.” Port of Duqm has played a vital role in transforming not only the logistics sector in Oman but also the development of the port itself.
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About Port of Duqm
Port of Duqm Company (PDC), a joint venture between the Government of Oman and the Belgian Consortium Antwerp Port, have multiple roles as a port authority, terminal operator and landlord of 3,000ha of land (port bound, logistics, liquid bulk and mineral processing land).
The ‘Logistics Land’ allocation covers an area of approximately 1,000ha which will predominantly accommodate logistics related industries who would import their goods, and at the same time construct open yards, permanent warehouse etc. As part of the commitment in shaping the future of the logistics sector in Duqm, PDC recently signed 4 lease agreements for a total of around 70,000 square metres. The logistics land which will be leased out for 24 years.
PDC is cruising steadily and emerging as the most preferred investment destination of the region. Boskalis Westminster (Oman), the executing company for the construction of the liquid bulk berth project at the celebrated the successful completion of the new stage of the flow of seawater to the pier for the export of petroleum products. The liquid bulk berth project is now witnessing the most important marine engineering operations that will help to qualify for the final stages of the project.
In a recent development, PDC successfully managed the first RoRo (Roll on Roll off) commercial cargo discharge operation for Duqm Refinery Project EPC3. RoRo is a method to discharge cargo using wheeled or tracked cargo using a ramp from the vessel. This recent operation at PDC used both RoRo and LoLo (Lift on Lift off) module from the vessel ‘Bahri Tabuk’, operated by Bahri, a Saudi based liner vessel. LoLo is standard method for handling these cargoes, but for the first time PDC handled the operation in RoRo module as well.
In this operation PDC discharged 4336MT of steel cargoes, out of which 13 MAFIs (a wheeled platform used to carry the cargo in such operation) with a volume of 639MT were discharged as RoRo module and 3697MTas LoLo module. This is a major milestone for PDC in its early operation phase. PDC is endeavoring to be the preferred port for such RoRo operations not only for the Duqm Refinery Project, but also for other upcoming projects in the region.
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