OMAN Shipping Company believes investment in new bulkers will help it capture growth in the movement of dry minerals.

OSC has just held a naming ceremony in Zhoushan, China, for the latest addition to the company’s dry bulk fleet, the Jabal Shams.

The ceremony followed the naming of the Jabal Shams’ sister ship, the Jabal Almisht last month.

The new ships join OSC’s fleet of more than 50 vessels including LNG carriers, LPG carriers, VLCCs, tankers, VLOCs, dry cargo, and container ships.

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The two new ships are expected to increase the company’s offering in the dry bulk market in what the company says is a “response to growing customer demand”.

OSC acting chief executive Michael Jorgensen said the delivery of Jabal Shams would boost their market position.

“I am delighted to represent OSC on this auspicious occasion,” Mr Jorgensen said.

“The delivery of the Jabal Shams and Jabal Almisht is part of OSC Dry Cargo expansion program that will enhance our position in the segment as a key shipping provider for GCC and global markets. Both vessels will be operating under long-term cargo contracts.”

The Jabal Shams was inaugurated by Eng. Said bin Mohammed Al Massoudi, chief executive of Sohar Aluminium – a strategic partner for Oman Shipping Company.

ASYAD’s OSC is part of Oman’s drive to become a global logistics hub, and is said to be supporting the integration of all supply chain activities in the Sultanate.

OSC is a shipping company that handles ship owning, technical management and commercial cargo operation.

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