November 9 - Sohar Port and Freezone's general cargo terminal has seen a 60 percent year-on-year increase in throughput over the first three quarters of 2015, reaching a combined volume of 2.3 million tonnes.

Sohar says that much of this growth has been captured from other regional ports. Dry and breakbulk cargo volumes were up from 1.3 million tonnes in the first three quarters of 2014, to over 1.9 million tonnes in the same period of 2015 - an increase of 48 percent.

The port also posted an impressive 181 percent year-on-year growth in ro-ro volumes for the reporting period, with Sohar now handling over 200,000 vehicles annually. The port's container business also soared, with a 53 percent growth in volumes.

Sohar explained that, with Oman's Vision 2020 programme now in full swing, the country is continuing to invest heavily in diversifying its economy beyond its traditional petrochemical base, and is moving forward with a plan to transform the sultanate into a major industrial and logistics hub.