Monday, November 29, 2010

New Red Sea And Mediterranean Container Shipping Service Launched

Omani Rotation will take in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Libya
Shipping News Feature

OMAN – It is a little over seven years since the Government of the Sultanate joined with Oman Oil to form a company with the avowed intent to ‘revive the historical Omani seafaring tradition through modern shipping and chartering’ and to facilitate more import and export cargo for the country; now the Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has announced details of its first containerised service to trade with Red Sea and Mediterranean ports, with the first freight moving from the 26th December.

Hitherto OSC has principally traded in the shipment of liquefied natural gas, operating six LNG tankers plus operating a very large crude carrier (VLCC) and a product tanker with Mitsui OSK Lines but this new container service is to be initially operated by one 1000 TEU box ship, the MV Fanja, whose first itinerary will be Muscat – Port Said – Beirut – Lattakia – Mersin – Tripoli.

Mr. Sudhir Rangnekar, CEO of OSC is quoted as commenting:

"The aim behind launching this new marine line is to enhance its trade services in the field of marine shipping and allow for more trade exchange with the sisterly and friendly countries to secure the success of the project. In a bid to ensure the success of its container shipping services, the company has appointed agents at the targeted ports and distributed a large number of containers in these ports as this will ensure more commercial marketing for the services rendered by the company.”

Photo: MV Fanja at anchor