SOHAR Port & Freezone has taken delivery of two new pilot boats that will be operated in the port by the Maersk Group subsidiary, Svitzer.
“Following our agreement with Svitzer in September last year to upgrade our pilot vessel fleet, we are proud to see these vessels set sail,” said Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR. “Their delivery will reinforce our commitment to provide safe and efficient pilot services, which are a vital link in our operational capability and port competitiveness.”
Svitzer Oman will also be responsible for their maintenance and manning. Availability will be maintained 24 hours around the clock to ensure a safe and efficient means of transport for marine pilots.
Svitzer Majan and Svitzer Al Bateel were both built by Besiktas Shipyard in Turkey and were built to a Camarc Design. They are equipped with two Caterpillar engines and are capable of carrying 12 people.
Sohar Freezone also recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the first phase of the RFX Parks project. This service will allow tenants to lease warehouse or light industrial units instead of building their own and is expected to attract potential investors.