Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone has launched Sohar Navigate, an online route planner which provides information on the transportation connections available to hinterland destinations. The new platform is believed to be the first of its kind in the region and will also comprise ocean shipping schedules to around 550 ports worldwide.
Navigate was initially launched by Sohar’s partner, the Port of Rotterdam, and is considered the most comprehensive route planner of its kind. Commenting on the launch of the proprietary tool, Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive of Sohar Port and Freezone, said: “Capitalising on this technology, we have modified Navigate to suit our regional and global stakeholders and provide them with outreach, as well as a user-friendly means to locate the most efficient and optimal routes for their activities. Users of Sohar Navigate are able to plan routes from specific areas, via Sohar, in an easy and convenient way.”
The platform takes into consideration the specified point of departure and the desired final destination, to offer the user several different routes. Based on modality and expected transportation time, users can then choose whichever option works best for them. The platform also offers extensive analysis tools and dashboards with relevant user data.
Anacin Kum, Chief Executive of terminal operator, Hutchison Ports Sohar, added, “This tool has been developed especially for companies seeking smarter ways to plan their container transports. The launch of the beta version is a good first step and we are excited about its role in the global logistics market. With the addition of more operational data, Sohar Navigate will become an increasingly valuable resource to improve efficiency within the supply chain and will also provide visible and convenient options for local importer and exporter groups, who generally rely on logistic providers.”
Sohar Navigate includes a business directory and the option to get in touch with any specific organisation, while also providing insight into the carbon footprint of any form or container transport.