Oman has banned the use of open-loop scrubbers in its territorial waters. This means that only closed-loop scrubbers, or hybrid scrubbers used in closed-loop mode, can be used.
In August, the Port of Salalah, Oman’s major regional gateway port, recorded the highest productivity ever achieved in the region. With an annual capacity of around 5 million TEU, the port set a record this month, delivering 412.97 Port Moves per Hour (PMPH) on vessel Cap San Tainaro.
Port of Duqm, the only Omani port, is taking steps to become a regional favourite hub, as a port official commented in Times of Oman. The port is able to compete against other ports in the area. Up to now, six companies have already signed to commence business with the port, as also, the majority of the port’s services are ready in 2020.
Omani Sohar Port and Freezone recently entered into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Sohar University and Qualies (the Organization for Quality and Innovation Strategies) for a tree planting initiative in line with its principle of promoting sustainable initiatives.
A year after Total signed a MoU with the Government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in the region, the French oil and gas player awarded a contract to Houston-based McDermott International, to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for the Sohar LNG bunkering project in Oman.
Resolve Marine Group announced that it completed the wreck removal of the bulk cement carrier MV Raysut II, which grounded off the pristine beaches of Al-Fazayah Beach, Salalah. Raysut II, left the Port of Salalah in May 2018 when the port was evacuated because adverse weather conditions. The vessel lost headway and steerage and grounded on Fazayah Beach on 26th May 2018.
TankerTrackers informed that there might be oil spill after the sabotage attack on the Saudi VLCC supertanker, Amjad. The alleged sabotage attack took place off United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman. The ship, Amjad, may was empty of crude oil, but it was carrying fuel oil onboard. The oil spill is no less than 235 barrels.
Oman Oil Marketing Company has secured board approval for constructing an in-port bunker terminal at the Port of Duqm on the Sultanate’s Al Wusta coast. The permission regards 30,000 cubic metres of tankage capacity along with the necessary ancillary equipment and facilities. What is more, Oman Oil Marketing Company has developed four more service stations in the Duqm area.
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) announced that four commercial vessels were subjected to sabotage, close to United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, on Sunday, May 12. The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.
The Maritime Administration of the Marshall Islands issued an advisory concerning vessels operating in or near the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. The note highlights that many are the countries that conduct naval exercises and operations in these areas. Thus, this advisory supplements information and navigation warnings routinely provided by other sources.
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