In pursuance of service integration, and as a culmination of efforts to develop public transport services within the Sultanate’s logistics sector, Oman National Transport Company "Mwasalat", in coordination and cooperation with the National   Ferries Company (NFC), will launch, for a second time, a new joint route connecting land with   the sea, as of next Friday, 20 April 2018.

The new route is named "Muscat-Shannah-Masirah" and uses "Mwasalat" buses through the land, and NFC’s ferry to Masirah Island in a daily round trip throughout the week. The new route provides passengers with the flexibility to start or end the journey in other cities of the Sultanate without incurring additional costs or using other means of transportation.


The route will start from Al-Athaiba station, through Muscat International Airport, then Al Sahwa Tower, to Samad Ash Shan and then to Sinaw, with the bus journey ending at Shannah harbour.  Thereafter, passengers will board the ferry to Masirah Island. However, the return trip will be on the same route, on reverse direction, beginning this time the journey from Masirah Island on the ferry trip and concluding at the starting point at Al-Athaiba station in Muscat Governorate.



In order to facilitate benefiting from the two companies’ new joint service, passengers can buy or book tickets through the customer service center or from the various offices of the two companies or while on the bus.
Mwasalat and National Ferries launched their joint services for the first time, through land and sea, via the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab route in August 2017.




National Ferries Company’s (NFC) latest statistical bulletin revealed 12% increase in transported passenger and vehicles, and 7% increase in cargo, on board ferries by the end of the First Quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of last year.

According to the statistical bulletin, the company transported 61,155 passengers within the first three months of the current year compared to 54,544 during the same period last year, i.e. an increase by 12%.

Total number of vehicles transported on board the ferries, during the first quarter of the current year, increased by 12% to 15,750 vehicles, compared to 14,027 during the same period in 2017.


Additionally, the company transported 2,677 tons of goods, during the first quarter, registering an increase of 7%, compared to 2,512 tons in 2017.




The National Ferries Company (NFC) registered a rise of 7.5 per cent in the number of passengers in the first half of the year to 116,729 from 108,628 in the same period last year.

According to statistics released by the NFC, the number of vehicles transported rose by 6 per cent, with 29,749 vehicles being shipped, compared to 27,976 during the same period last year.


The shipment of goods and equipment rose 19 per cent with total freight tonnage of 5,951 compared to 5,007 during the same period last year.