'Jawharat Al Wusta’ docked at the Sultan Qaboos Port at Muttrah today
Hi-Tech ‘Jawharat Al Wusta’ Vessel Joins Al Wusta Fisheries Industries Company Fleet
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 06:00 (GMT + 9)
Al Wusta Industries Company, an affiliate of Fisheries Development Oman Company, marked the commissioning of a new vessel to its fleet named “Jawharat Al Wusta” which docked at the Sultan Qaboos Port at Muttrah.
This raises the number of Al Wusta Fisheries Industries Company’s fleet to three commercial fishing vessels, an ONA report said . It will also augment the total production to 70,000 tonnes per annum and it is expected to boost the sultanate’s economic diversification and enhance the level of competitiveness of fisheries products in global markets.
The ‘Jawharat Al Wusta’ traises the number of Al Wusta Fisheries Industries Company’s fleet to three commercial fishing vessels
Jawharat Al Wusta is 99m by 16m and has a capacity of 1,600 tonnes. It is distinguished for its hi-tech equipment and it is designed to serve as a fisheries processing, freezing and packaging unit.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of Dr Saud Hamoud Al-Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, who laid emphasis on the vessel’s importance as an on-the-job training facility.
Al Wusta company will utilise Jawharat Al Wusta to invest in the high seas beyond traditional fishing zones in accordance with approved environmental and commercial criteria. It seeks to invest human capital in the fisheries sector. The skills of national manpower will be upgraded through the existence of the Sultanate’s first floating training centre, which will be executed and operated in cooperation with specialists at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, the total quantity of fish landed in the sultanate was 608,000 tonnes at the end of October 2020. Artisanal fishingcontributed 580,000 tonnes of fish, while coastal fishing contributed about 3,000 tonnes and commercial fishing around 25,000 tonnes.