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General Cargo Station, Liquid Cargo Wharves to Open Monday in Salalah.

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Muscat, Dec 12 (ONA) ---- Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sayyid Tariq bin Shabib al-Said will patronize day after tomorrow /Monday/ over the opening ceremony of the construction of an additional wharf at the general cargo station and the liquid cargo wharf at Port of Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar. The ceremony will be attended by ministers, honourable members of the State Council, members of Majlis AShura, undersecretaries, some government and private sectors' officials, sheikhs and dignitaries.

Said bin Hamdoun al-Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Maritime Affairs said that the construction of an additional wharf at the general cargo station and the liquid cargo wharf at Port of Salalah is one of the important projects implemented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and that is hoped to attract various oceangoing ships.

He explained in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that the ports sector is of great importance in the plans and programs of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which seeks to develop ports performance of the Sultanate, so that they can play an active economic role in trade with the world ports, and contribute to the revitalization of industry, tourism and development aspects in the governorate.

Al-Harthy added that the opening of an additional wharf at the general cargo station and the liquid cargo wharf comes at a time when the Government is looking to expand business operations in this important port.

He explained that the project is made of a wharf 1266 meters, 83 meters width and 18 meters depth that can host various ships including public, commercial and tourist vessels and liquid materials ships. He affirmed that the wharf has all the facilities that transport merchandise from the free zone to the Port of Salalah.

He confirmed that the additional wharf, the construction of which began in May 19th, 2012, is of great importance as it serves all existing and future plans in Salalah free zone, in addition to the liquid material industries in the zone, import and export trade through the general cargo station in the port.

He added that the wharf is an economic addition to revitalize manufacturing industries, the development of services and the transport sector, to provide new job opportunities and thus encouraging different economic sectors to seize the available investment opportunities.

Al-Harthy explained that this important stage of this economic project in the Governorate of Dhofar comes within the future vision of the Ministry of Transport and Communications to the Port of Salalah for the upcoming years that envisions future with an ambitious vision for the coming twenty years.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Ports and Maritime Affairs concluded his statement to ONA by saying: "We hope through this future vision to establish a train station for general cargo and container, several logistics facilities, multi-modal transports, warehouses and distribution centres, as well as housing and entertainment centres, cruise station, specialised wharves for government purposes, a marina for boats and tourist yachts. He added that the vision includes multiple fluid products terminal, fuel depot, and residential areas along with stores of national food reserves and a centre for distribution of agricultural products.

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