• February 26, 2014

Oiltanking Odfjell reveals latest investment at SOHAR Port and Freezone

Turnaround times at Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman (OOTO) are set to be eliminated with the announcement of a $2.5m investment that will see the connection of all infrastructures. An existing jetty has been connected to all Clean Petroleum Products (CPP) and all other jetties to optimize and lower the turnaround time of vessels.

It took 3 months to connect all infrastructures and to place a new Marine Loading Arm for gasoline related products. The jetty can also accommodate Long Range tankers (LR’s) allowing customers to incorporate ship-to-ship-operations between LR\`s. In order to optimize the infrastructure further, OOTO invested in an extra line connection at the terminal in order to perform multiple operations at the same time, with safety remaining a paramount factor. Total investments from OOTO are approximately $2.5M, at the core of the activity is the customer, with the the overall goal to improve flexibility and operational capabilities in order to accommodate the customers even further.

Speaking at the terminal at SOHAR Port and Freezone Roderick de Rooij, Commercial Manager from OOTO said: “We are delighted to be investing further into the fantastic services we already have available here and hope in turn this highlights our commitment to our customers as we move forward into a crucial time in the region oil industry.’’

“We’re delighted to be part of a great set up at SOHAR Port and Freezone, the location provides us unequalled access to booming Gulf economies while avoiding the additional costs of passing through the Strait of Hormuz, this in itself is a huge benefit that we are without doubt capitalising on.”

SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep sea port and free zone in the Middle East, situated in the Sultanate of Oman around 200 kilometres northwest of its capital Muscat. With current investments exceeding $21 billion, it is one of the world\`s largest port and free zone developments and lies at the centre of global trade routes between Europe and Asia.