The Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Salalah have signed a memorandum of understanding to share information aimed at generating new business by promoting the all-water route between the Oman seaport and Virginia.
The deal will enable the ports to cooperate on marketing activities, market research and training, and exchange information on technology and modernization.
“Our goal with this MOU is to share operational best practices, jointly market our good service connectivity, take advantage of the U.S.-Oman free trade agreement and drive investment and business growth on both ends of the supply chain,” said Russell J. Held, the VPA’s deputy executive director of development, in a written statement. “The Middle East and Indian subcontinent are important markets for us and the Suez trade route to and from Asia continues to grow in importance to the Port of Virginia.”
The agreement was signed by Held and Peter Ford, CEO of the Port of Salalah, at a ceremony held at APM Terminals in Portsmouth, Va.