Oman’s OOMCO signs long-term bunkering deal with Sohar Port

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Omani fuel marketing company, Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) has signed a bunker license agreement with Sohar Port and Freezone to provide marine fuels to vessels visiting the port and anchorage area.

The bunker license will see Oman Oil Marketing Company operates the 10,000 metric tons bunker barge MT ALPHA (IMO 9286451) to enhance the position of Sohar Port as the port of choice in the region for vessel owners and operators requiring bunkering services by improving turnaround times and maintaining supply chain efficiency.

The bunker barge is capable of supplying all low Sulphur fuel-compliant marine fuels, in line with IMO 2020.

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“We are very pleased with the performance of our bunker equipment and team, and we look forward to utilizing our capability and resources to supply Sohar Port and Freezone with high-quality bunker fuels that meet the highest international standards and specifications. We believe that this service provides a significant stimulus for further growth for both Sohar Port and Freezone and OOMCO as we further consolidate our position as the leading marketer and distributor of multi-sector fuel in Oman and regionally. This bunker license represents an important joint effort to work together to further boost Oman’s logistics sector and contribute to the national economic diversification efforts.”

The bunker fuel market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is expected to grow by more than 12 percent during the period 2022-2025.

Mr. Omar bin Mahmood al Mahrizi, CEO of Sohar Freezone and deputy CEO of Sohar Port, said that, “Sohar Port and Freezone is located close to some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. The need to serve these ships at Sohar Port quickly and efficiently to allow them to continue on their journey and meet transportation deadlines is highly important to help ensure the integrity of global supply chains and strengthen the position of Sohar as an integrated logistics hub with great connectivity to major shipping lines globally.”

“We have been very pleased with the quality, safety, and speed of the service offered by OOMCO and we are delighted to continue this relationship by working together. This will serve to strengthen Oman’s shipping and logistics sector as demand for high-quality and regulatory-compliant bunker fuels increases in the future,” Mr. Mahrizi commented.

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