Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Port will take its last shipments on August 31 next year as the Government moves ahead with plans to convert the area into a tourist hub, it was reported.
Minister of Transport and Communications Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi announced the deadline for receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels carrying project material at the port, according to the local daily Times of Oman.
He said commercial activities would then be shifted to the Sohar Industrial Port, with the last four months of 2014 devoted to clearing all goods at the port's warehouses and yards.
Al Futaisi said that Sultan Qaboos Port would then receive tourist vessels, boats, passenger ferries and military ships facilitating other marine works.
However, it would continue handling cereal vessels on behalf of Oman Flour Mills Company and would temporarily receive liquid tar, sheep, fish products, food oil and cement vessels.
The move is part of Oman's strategy to develop the port and the tourist marine sector.
The Sultan Qaboos Port will become a tourist port with effect from January 1, 2015 and will be the first port in the Sultanate to be dedicated for tourism-related activities.