31st AUG 2014, THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING CONTAINER AND GENERAL CARGO VESSELS AT SULTAN QABOOS PORT

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31st August 2014, the Deadline for Receiving Container and General Cargo Vessels at Sultan Qaboos Port

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31st August 2014, the Deadline for Receiving Container and General Cargo Vessels at Sultan Qaboos Port

Muscat, Oct 6 (ONA)— Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications said that the deadline for receiving the container, cargo, vehicle carriers and project materials vessels at Sultan Qaboos Port will be August 31st 2014. The last four months of 2014 will be then allocated for clearing goods at the port warehouses and yards. He pointed out that marine works and other facilities to receive tourist vessels, boats, passenger ferries and military visiting vessels at Sultan Qaboos Port will continue. The port will also continue handing cereal vessels having transactions with Oman Flour Mills Company and will temporary continue to receive liquid tar, sheep, fishing, food oil and cement vessels till further notice. The Minister of Transport and Communications urged all traders, manufacturers and companies operating in shipping, import, export, custom clearance, transport, agencies, insurance companies, warehousing and distribution to abide by the deadline for receiving commercial vessels at the port. He urged them to clear all the goods stored in the yards and warhorses no later than December 31st 2014. This change comes in response to the royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to divert Sultan Qaboos Port into a tourist port and transfer all commercial activities to Sohar Industrial Port. It also comes within the Sultanate’s strategy to develop the port and marine transportation sector. It is worth mentioning that Sultan Qaboos Port will be a tourist port with effect from January 1st 2015 to become the first port in the Sultanate to provide tourism uses. —-Ends/MS/FS

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