Port of Duqm received Maersk’s debut container shipment this month, further strengthening the burgeoning ports position as a destination for containerised cargo.
Maersk’s container shipment, destined for one of the key development projects in Duqm, arrived from APM Terminals’ container terminal in Nhava Sheva’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), India via Jebel Ali, reports the Times of Oman.
From Jebel Ali it was picked up by Oman Shipping’s express feeder service and delivered to the Port of Duqm.
The Port of Salalah is Maersk’s main base in Oman and thanks to Oman Shipping’s active feeder service, connecting Duqm to other regional ports Salalah, Sohar and Jebel Ali, containers destined for Duqm can be picked up weekly from now onwards and shipped to Duqm.
By the end of 2020, however, Port of Duqm expects to commission its fully-fledged container operations and begin receiving direct mainline container calls.
“We welcome Maersk to Duqm, and we are proud that it signifies the important role that Port of Duqm is currently playing as a gateway port for the various industrial projects happening in the region,” said Anwar Al Balushi, commercial manager, Port of Duqm.