The Port of Duqm and Shell Oman Marketing have entered into a bunker fuel agreement that includes the establishment of a specialist bunkering terminal to provide different grades of quality fuels and lubricants as well as other ancillary facilities to vessels calling at the Omani port.
This agreement is a part of Shell Oman’s plan to expand its operations in all of the country’s major ports. With new global bunker regulations coming into effect from 2020, the Port of Duqm has an ambition to become a bunker hub serving the entire Middle East and North African region, taking advantage of its strategic location, as well as the easy availability of the required fuel specifications.
In another important development for the fledgling port, Duqm Port has entered into an agreement with Al Madina Logistics for the latter to invest in an area of land that will be used to provide a range of logistics services. The agreement was signed by Mahmood bin Sakhi al Balushi, chief executive of Al Madina Logistics Duqm, and Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive of the Port of Duqm, in the presence of several board members and the executive team.
The agreement provides for the creation of a new logistics complex located near the port. The first phase will include the construction of a main office building, facilities for a range of air, land and sea freight services and specialised project logistics for the oil and gas sector. There will also be customs clearance facilities, an open yard storage area for large structures and a container yard.
Al Madina Logistics Company currently manages the Muscat Container Depot (MCD) facility located at Barka, which includes a container freight station. The company will provide transport services to connectthe MCD to the port of Duqm. It plans to consolidate inbound and outgoing consignments at MCD, and then transfer them to and from the port of Duqm, to ensure high levels of efficiency and rapid transportation flows.