Oman, the leading importer for the Maldives in 2021, has witnessed a substantial rise in its maritime affairs services during the initial half of 2023.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology of Oman disclosed an 81% surge, with a total of 406 services connected to maritime activities released. This growth is in comparison to the same timeframe in the prior year.
The ministry’s report highlights that 217 fresh registration certificates were issued for marine units, accompanied by 622 existing certificates. Additionally, within the first six months of 2023, 165 navigation permits were granted to foreign vessels operating within Oman’s territorial waters, slightly fewer than the 167 permits issued during the equivalent period in the previous year.
Moreover, the ministry endorsed 357 certificates for seafarers, along with nine security compliance certificates for port facilities. Notably, nine diplomatic vessels obtained the requisite permits to access Oman’s territorial waters. Furthermore, the ministry released 108 miscellaneous permits, comprising 63 for Sultan Qaboos Port and 45 for the Port of Salalah.
In alignment with its steadfast dedication to maritime safety and adherence, the ministry executed inspections on 153 foreign vessels throughout the first half of 2023, detecting 90 vessels that were found to be non-compliant with relevant regulations. This data showcases a 13% increase compared to the same period in the preceding year.