January 27 - C. Steinweg Oman, operator of the multipurpose cargo terminal at SOHAR Port and Freezone, has taken delivery of a 100-tonne lifting capacity Gottwald HMK 6407 crane.
The new mobile harbour crane was delivered to the terminal by SAL Heavy Lift on January 27, 2015. The terminal operator now has three mobile harbour cranes in service at the gateway.
"The crane is a significant investment, and one which will support growth at SOHAR, as the number of ships and the volume of cargo handled at its terminal continues to grow. Demand for project and breakbulk is expected to increase in line with investment in major road and rail projects in Oman, and the additional capacity will be significant going forward," said SOHAR executive commercial manager, Edwin Lammers.
The USD250 billion Gulf Railway and USD2.5 billion Batinah Expressway are just two of the projects in the region that will require millions of tonnes of construction materials, imported as fully-assembled project cargo, or raw materials that will feed iron and steel production at SOHAR. There has been a significant rise in demand for tower cranes in the Middle East, while many of the materials used to build the runway, terminal buildings, and surrounding infrastructure at Sohar Airport, were imported through C. Steinweg Oman's terminal gates.
"C. Steinweg was the first operational company at SOHAR. Its jetties provided the gateway for the project and construction cargo necessary to build the port and we are delighted that it has increased its ability to serve the industry within the Sultanate and across the GCC," Lammers added. "This will boost our contribution to the domestic economy, and will create jobs in the logistics industry that will transport cargo to and from SOHAR."