Number of Ships Berthing in Oman Soars after Qatar Crisis

Image Courtesy: Port of Salalah

Oman seems to have benefited considerably on the back of the Qatar-Gulf Crisis as it has seen the number of vessels berthing in the country jump by 75 pct during the same week as the diplomatic fallout, CargoSmart’s data shows.

Specifically, prior to the dispute the highest number of recorded vessel arrivals per week from March to May amounted to 8 vessels, which increased to 14 ships per week after the start of the crisis.

One of the possible reasons for the increase is the launch of new services from Qatar’s port in Hamad to Oman’s port in Sohar, as announced by Qatar’s port authority.

In addition, there has also been a rise in number of berthing vessels smaller than 4,000 TEUs in Oman, the shipment management software provider said. From previous months’ records, the highest number of vessels smaller than 4,000 TEUs in Oman was 5 vessels per week. It doubled to 10 vessels in Week 23 at the start of the Qatar crisis.

Maersk Line announcing that it would use feeder vessels between Qatar and Oman to avoid trading restrictions by Arab countries is believed to have helped the number boost.

In addition, Iraq had an increasing trend of vessel arrivals from Week 22, possibly due to the re-routing of vessels. Port officials in Hamad, Qatar indicated that the vessels from China that pass through Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, have been re-routed through Iraq to avoid port restrictions. The number of vessels berthing in Kuwait has had a gradual decreasing trend from March through June.

On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade, and transportation ties with Qatar. Air, sea, and land border connections were cut off, blocking all vessels coming from and going to Qatar from the four countries. When the trade embargoes went into effect, ocean carriers including COSCO, Evergreen, and OOCL suspended their shipping services to Qatar, while Maersk and MSC re-routed shipments.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Nov 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3

Maritime Information Warfare 2017

Maritime Information Warfare will focus on the growing need for navies to develop their information exploitation capabilities…

read more >

INTERNATIONAL GREEN SHIPPING AND TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

The Summit will gather key marine experts and companies around the globe which have a big influence in the industry…

read more >

The CWC 18th Annual World LNG Summit & Awards Evening

The CWC World LNG Summit will continue to give you access to premium networking opportunities as it brings together the who’s who…

read more >

Marintec China 2017

The largest maritime event in Asia Pacific, Marintec China connects maritime professionals from the entire shipbuilding supply chain together.

Over the years, Marintec China has grown to reflect the size and importance of the Asian maritime market. 2015 event is another record-breaking edition with the largest exhibition area and the highest number of industry professionals attending ever. The encouraging figures proven that China remains one of the major shipbuilding nations and Marintec China has been the most authoritative platform in Asia.

With the maritime industry facing great opportunities but also many challenges, it is important for the industry to connect and engage more to ultimately win new business in globally-significant markets. A visit to Marintec China is a great way to learn about the latest technology and innovation of the supply industry, a platform for industry professional to meet face to face, make connection and do business.

Marintec China is poised to be the definitive event and is undoubtedly a must-attend for all involved in the maritime industry.

Marintec China will be held from 5 to 8 December 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China and continue its dedication to serve as the “LEADING” platform “CONNECTING” the community and “STRENGTHENING” the maritime industry.

Marintec China offers the perfect opportunity for companies serving the maritime market to showcase their innovations, products and services to a wide audience. A platform for face to face meetings in business, creating new relationships and consolidating existing ones.

More info

read more >