Oman’s Port of Sohar registered 169 moves per hour on January 21, setting a new container-moves-per-hour record at the facility.
Vessel operation rate (VOR) – the number of containers handled by cranes per hour – across the terminal has risen by 70%, with the port citing investment in the facility as a key reason behind this.
Hutchison Ports Sohar, the port operators, has also outlined further investments as they aim to take the facility’s annual container capacity up to 6m teu.
Albert Pang, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar, said: “In first quarter of 2018, 28 yard trucks, 20 trailers and four rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTG) cranes will be added to the equipment fleet at the terminal.
“I’m confident that these efforts will help establish Hutchison Ports Sohar as the preferred port-of-call in the region and that further investments will contribute to the growth of the local economy in the Al Batinah region and beyond.”
Sohar has been operational since 2004 and features a remote controlled terminal – Terminal C – which is where January’s VOR record was set.