Oman Shipping Company (OSC), a member of the ASYAD Group, has taken delivery of the JABAL SHAMS, the latest addition to the company’s dry bulk fleet.
A naming ceremony for the 65,500 dwt ship was held on Monday at Zhoushan Changhong Shipyard, and this followed on from the naming of its sister ship, JABAL ALMISHT, in Zhoushan in August.
The two new ships, which are part of a series of four Ultramax dry cargo vessels due to be delivered to OSC in 2019, will increase the company’s offering in the dry bulk market in response to growing customer demand.
Signing the agreement formally transferring control of JABAL SHAMS from Zhoushan Changhong Shipyard to OSC, Michael Jorgensen, acting CEO said: “I am delighted to represent OSC on this auspicious occasion. The delivery of the JABAL SHAMS and JABAL ALMISHT is part of OSC dry cargo expansion programme 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.”
JABAL SHAMS was inaugurated by Eng. Said bin Mohammed Al Massoudi, CEO of Sohar Aluminium, a strategic partner for OSC in the international dry bulk market.
“ASYAD’s OSC is an integral part of Oman’s drive to become a top 10 global logistics hub, and is supporting the integration of all supply chain activities in the Sultanate, providing customers with rapid and unrivalled distribution capabilities across the Middle East, as well as acting as the region’s gateway to global markets. OSC is a full-scale shipping company handling ship owning, technical management and commercial cargo operation,” the company stated.
JABAL SHAMS will join OSC’s fleet of over 50 vessels, which includes LNG carriers, LPG carriers, VLCCs, tankers, VLOCs, dry cargo, and container ships.