March 16 - Speaking at the Breakbulk China exhibition in Shanghai, Sohar Port and Freezone's executive commercial manager Marc Evertse told delegates that the Omani port saw a 46 percent year-on-year increase in breakbulk cargo shipments in 2015.

Evertse explained that Sohar handled over 1.9 million tonnes of breakbulk cargo in 2015, as well as over 200,000 vehicles at the Middle Eastern gateway.

Breakbulk cargo volumes continue to grow in the region due to huge investment in infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East, said the port.

According to Sohar Port, its strategic location outside the Strait of Hormuz has seen double-digit growth across all cargo volumes since operations began in 2004.

"Being outside the Strait of Hormuz gives us a real advantage over other port and freezone sites in the Middle East when it comes to handling break bulk and project cargoes. Our multimodal infrastructure and ground handling capabilities are also equipped to be able to transport goods seamlessly throughout the region," explained Sohar Port ceo Andre Toet.