Mwasalat will be launching the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab line on August 24 , which is the first link connecting the land and the sea with the Sultanate.


To encourage everyone to experience this unique combination of the bus and ferry trip for the first time, the service will be free of charge for limited seats on the (Muscat-Khasab) and (Khasab-Muscat) line from August 24 -31 . There will be special prices for the people of Musandam province, with a 50 per cent discount on children’s tickets from three to 12 years old, and free tickets for children under 3 years.


In line with this service, the National Ferries Company has decided to increase the passenger and vehicle capacity on this line by using the Hormuz ferry, which can transport more than 190 passengers and ship more than 40 vehicles.
The reservation will be available through Mwasalat offices in Azaiba, Burj Al Sahwa, Mabela and Sohur, as well as the call center and bookings offices of the National Ferries Company. Pre-booking will be allowed 24 hours before the departure of the flight.

There will be four weekly “round-trips”at different times. There will be two services on the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab route on Sunday and Thursday. The journey will take place on the same day from Muscat at 12:15 pm, leaving Shinas at 4:30pm to arrive at Khasab at 7:30 pm. Two services on the Khasab-Shinas-Muscat route on Saturday and Tuesday. The journey begins with the ferry on two days at the same time from Khasab at 1pm and the bus will depart Shinas at 4:50 pm to arrive at Muscat at 8:20pm.

Mwasalat will be launching the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab line on August 24 , which is the first link connecting the land and the sea with the Sultanate.


To encourage everyone to experience this unique combination of the bus and ferry trip for the first time, the service will be free of charge for limited seats on the (Muscat-Khasab) and (Khasab-Muscat) line from August 24 -31 . There will be special prices for the people of Musandam province, with a 50 per cent discount on children’s tickets from three to 12 years old, and free tickets for children under 3 years.


In line with this service, the National Ferries Company has decided to increase the passenger and vehicle capacity on this line by using the Hormuz ferry, which can transport more than 190 passengers and ship more than 40 vehicles.
The reservation will be available through Mwasalat offices in Azaiba, Burj Al Sahwa, Mabela and Sohur, as well as the call center and bookings offices of the National Ferries Company. Pre-booking will be allowed 24 hours before the departure of the flight.

There will be four weekly “round-trips”at different times. There will be two services on the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab route on Sunday and Thursday. The journey will take place on the same day from Muscat at 12:15 pm, leaving Shinas at 4:30pm to arrive at Khasab at 7:30 pm. Two services on the Khasab-Shinas-Muscat route on Saturday and Tuesday. The journey begins with the ferry on two days at the same time from Khasab at 1pm and the bus will depart Shinas at 4:50 pm to arrive at Muscat at 8:20pm.

 Mwasalat and National Ferries Company ( NFC ) will enter into pact for seamless travel on the Muscat-Shinas-Khasab land and sea routes.


An official with Mwasalat said, “We are in the process of entering into a partnership with NFC. The chief executive officers of both companies are negotiating the finer points of the pact. Lots of issues need to be addressed before finalising the pact including the ticket prices, timings of the service and operation days amongst others.”

A tweet from NFC and Mwasalat stated, “From the bus to the ferry. Let’s go to Khasab. Muscat-Shinas-Khasab route (sic).”

As part of the agreement, Mwasalat buses will facilitate passenger movement till Shinas from where NFC runs ferry service on the Shinas-Dibba-Khasab route

 

NFC is a key contributor to the maritime transport in Oman. Oman’s long coastline makes NFC service a necessity for citizens and tourists alike. NFC vessels carried 108,628 passengers in the first half of 2017 compared to 99,871 in the same period of last year, recording a nine per cent growth rate.

Meanwhile, Mwasalat carried more than 2.2mn passengers between January 1 and June 30 this year compared to 1.4mn in the same period last year. It carried on an average more than 12,000 passengers per day this year compared to more than 8,000 in the same period of 2016.




Oman National Transport Company (Mwasalat) is launching with the National Ferries Company (NFC) new line connecting the mainland with the sea in a first step between them, starting from 24th August 2017.


There will be four weekly "back and forth" trips at different times and with a duration of the trip not exceeding the length of the journey currently taking by the ferry from Muscat to Khasab, in addition to the fact that this route will provide flexibility to start or end the trip in other cities in the Sultanate without incurring additional costs or means.

Eng. Abdulrahman bin Salim al-Hatami, CEO of Asyad said that launching this service is an important step and is a culmination of efforts to develop the logistics sector in the Sultanate and create innovative opportunities that add value to its activities and create integrated solutions for logistics at the local level, as well as linking them to the global level.

He added that in this regard, the new route has become necessary because of the low number of users on the current (Muscat - Khasab) route and the high cost of financial support for it.

Mahdi bin Mohammed al-Abdawani, CEO of NFC said that the new route is an important step to facilitate access to the Governorate of Musandam by linking the land and sea services of the two companies.

He added that this route will contribute to enhancing the Sultanate's logistics services in a manner that makes it a global position to achieve the vision that works for all. He added that the Muscat-Khasab route will be replaced by this one and the company will assess the situation and study the possibility of providing low cost operation ferry in (Muscat-Khasab) in the future.

 

Ahmed bin Ali al-Balushi, CEO of Mwasalat said that the new route is a continuation of the efforts made by the company to provide the service and facilitate it for its customers. It also confirms the efforts to connect logistics services and unite them to achieve the global vision, so that the Sultanate become a global centre in these services.

 

He added that the new route is expected to attract a turnout by the beneficiaries as it serves them by land and sea, which will give added value to the company and the Omani economy through the long-term perspective.