Move to enhance its footprint in the Sultanate of Oman
AP Moller–Maersk (Maersk) recently inaugurated a new corporate office at SOHAR Freezone in Oman. Present at the inauguration were Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE, Oman, and Qatar; Omar Mahmood Al Mahrizi, CEO, SOHAR Freezone; and senior officials from both organizations.
“SOHAR Freezone was a natural choice for us to set up our new office because of its strategic location at the port and the world-class infrastructure of road network and air connectivity on offer,” observed Cook.
The new office in Oman, the third one in the country after Muscat and Salalah, will allow Maersk to get closer to its customers and create meaningful interfaces with them. Besides ocean transportation, Maersk will offer various services and solutions to its customers in Oman, such as landside transportation, including the cross-border movement of cargo, customs clearances, warehousing & distribution, cold chain logistics and air freight.
“Together with our partners, SOHAR continues to support Oman’s ambitions to further expand the transport and logistics sector, as per the objectives laid out in the Oman Vision 2040,” commented Al Mahrizi.
The new office complements the several other initiatives Maersk has undertaken to strengthen its footprint in Oman. In November 2022, Maersk added Khazaen Dry Port (KDP) to its extensive ‘Port of Call’ network, offering transportation, container terminal, and reefer container services to import and export goods easily.
Maersk has also launched a service through the Port of Salalah in Oman as a gateway to Yemen, ensuring seamless cargo movement. This has increased efficiency for the customers and has the potential to eliminate unexpected costs, a press communique concluded.