Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of Sohar Port and Freezone, signed the agreement on behalf of Sohar, whilst Svitzer was represented by Karim Cordahi, nation manager of Svitzer Oman.
Geilenkirchen mentioned, “We are proud to join hands with Svitzer, the top worldwide provider of marine solutions with more than 430 vessels in operation worldwide. Due to the fast development in port operations and vessel movements’ year-on-year, the provision of protected and effective pilot solutions are a essential hyperlink in our operational capability.
“The main scope of our agreement is for Svitver to supply, man, manage, operate and maintain two Pilot Boats at Sohar based on a continuous 24 hour operational cycle to ensure a safe and efficient transport for marine pilots. This includes the provision of the pilot boats, boat maintenance and crew manning, whilst strictly adhering to the HSSE and environmental standards in place at Sohar.”
Modern pilot boats are constructed to withstand heavy seas and are heavily fendered to guard from bumping against 400,000 tonne tanker ships. Karim Cordahi mentioned, “Svitzer has a worldwide reputation for managing pilot boats with exceptional seakeeping skills and capable to deal with the harshest sea circumstances, and we usually preserve ourselves ready to help our customers mitigate the effect of any unforeseen marine circumstance.
“Together with Sohar and adhering to only the highest level of safety standards, we aim to provide transport for the pilots from the boats to the vessels, to ensure reliable and timely conveyance.”
With roots stretching back practically two centuries, Svitzer has supplied security and help at sea by means of globally renowned operations.
A specialist in emergency preparedness and response, wreck removal and offshore decommissioning, the business boasts a worldwide network to provide delivering protected, economical and revolutionary maritime options. With more than four,000 workers, a fleet of 430 vessels, an expertise of 180 years and a powerful heritage, Svitzer is the worldwide marketplace leader in towage and emergency response.
Information Source: Muscat Daily