Hutchison Ports Sohar has welcomed the maiden call of Hyundai Merchant Marine’s (HMM’s) Korean Middle East Express (KME) service at the port’s Terminal C.The welcome event was graced by H.E. Eng. Said Bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, Oman’s Undersecretary of Ports and Maritime Affairs.
Celebrating the call of the service, Mr. Albert Pang, CEO of Hutchison Ports Sohar, said, “"We are very happy to welcome Hyundai’s KME service Terminal C. These weekly direct calls from mega-vessels are a testament to the terminal’s ability to handle them as well as to global shipping lines’ confidence in Hutchison Ports Sohar’s operational efficiency. This strengthens Hutchison Ports Sohar’s position as not just the preferred gateway to Oman but also as a transshipment hub for the region."
Welcoming the vessel, Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone said, “"s Sohar steadily grows, we foresee more and larger vessels visiting the port in the months and years ahead. Today’s maiden call of the largest ever HMM vessel to visit Sohar signifies a strong symbol of the growing levels of trade and friendly relations enjoyed between the Republic of Korea and the Sultanate of Oman. Together with our partner, Hutchison Ports Sohar, we strive to deliver professional and efficient port services to ensure the positive reputation of Sohar is upheld with shipping companies all around the world. It is also thanks to the continuous investments at the port that we are capable of receiving vessels of this size, and we hope to see further success with a record number of vessel calls by the end of 2018."
The visiting vessel, Hyundai Pride, connects Korea to the Middle East. It is capable of carrying up to 13,154 TEU and is 366.5 meters long. It is the largest HMM vessel to have called at Terminal C.