Omanobserver - Business Reporter – MUSCAT – Dec 15:
With a view to intensifying links between Port of Duqm Company (PDC), Oil & Gas companies and logistics providers in the Sultanate, PDC conducted its 2nd Logistics Seminar under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil and Gas earlier this week. The event was a follow up to the first workshop which took place in December 2014 in coordination with Petroleum Development Oman LLC.
Reggy Vermeulen, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Duqm Company, commented: “The company seeks to hold yearly meetings with its various stakeholders, and this forum unites us with the oil & gas and logistics companies where we seek to create genuine partnerships with various partners.”
The event was an opportunity for PDC to highlight, among other things, the rollout of services at Oman’s newest maritime gateway, and outline its plans and programmes for 2016. Various other stakeholder organisations, notably the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), BP Oman, OXY, Duqm Refinery and the ROP Directorate General of Customers, were also invited to present their plans to leverage’s Duqm’s location and services in furthering their growth objectives.
“PDC believes that development is a continuous process and competitiveness always lies in the level of services provided by the port. It is worth pointing out that the company is continuously training the Omani cadre to enable them to carry out their operational tasks with the assistance of an international training entity. The progress they have made thus far is laudable,” the port said in a statement.
Duqm Port leverages its strategically important location overlooking the Arabian Sea to serve as a gateway for the Asian and African continents. Constructed to international specs, the port features 8.7 km of breakwaters, 2,200 metre-long commercial berths (18 metre deep) and governmental berths (980 metres length, 10 metres deep). The commercial berth includes four terminals, including two Container Terminals, and a terminal each for multipurpose cargo and dry bulk. Incorporated within the port are the dry docks of Oman Dry dock Company which came into operation in 2013.
Since the start of early operations in March 2013, Duqm Port has received more than 200 different vessels with cargoes destined for various parts of the country. The Port provides services at the highest professional levels and is expected to achieve higher growth in 2016 and the coming years, especially upon the implementation of the future phases of the port and SEZ infrastructure.
Duqm Port is managed by the Port of Duqm Company SAOC, a 50:50 joint venture between the Omani Government and the Consortium Antwerp Port (CAP).
PDC has three major roles in Duqm: management of the port and operation of the terminals; management of all logistics zone in the direct vicinity of the port; and financing, developing, managing and marketing of 2000ha of land earmarked for industrial and petrochemical investments. These zones enjoy an optimal integration with the Port of Duqm.