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Oman to build new container terminal

Oman to build new container terminal

Muscat: Oman's International Container Terminal celebrated the commissioning of the first phase of its Terminal B at the Port of Sohar (pictured) on Sunday. The event was acclaimed by both Sheikh Mahammed bin Abdullah bin Isa Al Harthy, Omani Minister of Transport and Communications and Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) boss John Meredith, who pointed out that the new post-panamax terminal, located outside of the strategically sensitive Straits of Hormuz, would enhance Oman's position as a centre of trade in the region. The latest facility, a joint venture between HPH and the Government of Oman, has already received CMA CGM, Maersk and MSC container ships at its 285-metre-long quay which is equipped with four post-panamax gantry cranes and has a water depth alongside of 16.5 meters. When the next phase of Terminal B is finished, likely within the next few weeks and well ahead of schedule, quay length will increase to 520 meters, enabling two large container vessels to dock simultaneously.  [30/01/07]

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