Sohar – Hutchison Ports Sohar held a groundbreaking ceremony today, marking the start of construction on its new solar-powered integrated inspection facility project.
Present at the ceremony were HE Eng. Khamis Al Shamakhi Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Muhna Al Lawatia, Director General of Ports at the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Abdullah Al Hadabi, Director General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources ( MoAFWR) and customs delegates, Mr. Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and the management team of Hutchison Ports Sohar.
The new US$30 million project will be part of the terminal’s development plans to improve inbound and outbound container inspection services. The Integrated Inspection Facility will further assist Oman Customs and other relevant authorities to conduct inspection seamlessly with enhanced security measures under the Sultanate of Oman Logistics Strategy (SOLS) 2040.
On this auspicious occasion, HE the Undersecretary for Transport, said that such an initiative by the company illustrates a true partnership between the company and the government to facilitate smoother and faster handling and clearance of goods, furthermore by adopting new, streamlined processes and standards, it will improve and facilitate the port’s world-class operations. We look forward to seeing its impact and seeing such a project implemented in other ports. This will also result in improvements in our domestic and global logistics performance according to the Logistics Performance Index and its main dimensions.
This project is designed to speed up the customs inspection process through high-quality services, and it will facilitate the process of releasing goods from the container terminal. Also, by using the X-ray container scanners, the new project will help our inspectors distinguish between high-risk and low-risk containers, commented Colonel Said Al Ghaithi, Director General of Customs, Royal Police. from Oman.
The project will span a total area of 37,000 m² within the premises of Terminal C and is expected to be completed by mid-2023. Once ready, it should be the largest and first integrated one-stop-shop for all governments involved. competent to manage customs clearance in the Sultanate.
Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port, said: “Hutchison Ports Sohar is one of SOHAR’s greatest success stories and we are delighted with the progress the company has made. The new terminal facility will be key to attracting world-class tenants to the resort and improving guest experience and satisfaction. This will continue to create an environment where businesses can thrive and contribute to the continued development of the national economy.
“This Integrated Inspection Facility project will transform the customs clearance process, but more importantly, it will significantly expand the terminal’s ability to meet the growing needs of the community through a premium one-stop service station,” said Anacin Kum, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar.
The inspection facility will be temperature controlled and equipped with cargo scanners on the inspection platforms. Of the 66 container inspection bays, a dedicated section of about 1/3 of the total inspection facility will be reserved for the inspection of refrigerated and food products. The three x-ray container scanner portal units and the container radiation monitoring system will be integrated with the security screening system for container scanning. The project also has a reserved area for a safe and clean laboratory testing process to ensure food safety control over the country’s growing imports and exports.
With a focus on Oman Vision 2040, we strive to continue contributing with our investments to the growth of Oman’s logistics sector. In our conscious efforts to support the country’s sustainability goals, a solar power system will be installed on new infrastructure, existing buildings and parking areas, resulting in a reduction of approximately 5,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. CO2 per year.
About Hutchison Ports Sohar
Hutchison Ports Sohar is a joint venture between Hutchison Ports and a number of established Omani and foreign investors. Hutchison Ports Sohar is a modern container handling facility capable of accommodating the latest generation of mega-ships. It is located in the port of Sohar, outside the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman, approximately 200 km from Muscat and 160 km from Dubai. Hutchison Ports Sohar is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison).
About Hutchison Ports
Hutchison Ports is the ports and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited. Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 52 ports covering 26 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, distribution centers, rail services and ship repair facilities.
In 2021, Hutchison Ports handled a combined throughput of 88 million TEUs.
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