Ahmed Mohammed Al Abri is a senior executive with demonstrable, consistent business accomplishments.
Al Abri has extensive experience with critical business processes and drivers in the global maritime industry manipulated by multiple markets and economies.
He started his career as a Junior Naval Architect with Vosper Thorneycroft Shipbuilding yard in Southampton, then spent years with the Omani Navy where he left it as a chief naval architect.
Al Abri gained first-hand knowledge of shipbuilding and extensive maritime experience from participating in major projects in the UK, Singapore, Holland, and Romania.
He became the Deputy CEO of Oman Drydock Company in Duqm for three years before becoming the CEO of Oman’s Ports operations and management company “ASYAD Ports” in 2018.
Could you share some insights on how ports contribute to the logistics ecosystem, especially in the context of ASYAD Ports’ operations?
Ahmed Mohammed Al Abri: So, Asyad can be considered both a port-centric logistics hub. The port plays a significant role in achieving Asyad’s goals in ports, not only by having a stake in these ports but also by having control over their operation and management. This control provides Asyad with the necessary tools and resources to implement the integrated logistics solutions it aims to offer to its customers.
Our international focus on operating and developing international ports is always a critical aspect we consider. As you strive to connect the flow of commodities to our region, the ports play a pivotal role in Asyad’s operations and its future expansion.
Our international focus on operating and developing international ports is always a critical aspect we considerAhmed Mohammed Al Abri
Strategic partnerships and investments have played a significant role in Asyad Ports’ success. Could you highlight some of the key partnerships or projects that have contributed to the growth and success of Asyad Ports?
Ahmed Mohammed Al Abri: We strongly believe in building partnerships, whether local or international, in Oman. As we have grown, this is specifically for Asyad Ports, it has become crucial to collaborate with the best in the business.
I also want to emphasize that we serve as a platform for the private sector in Oman. Recent examples include our involvement with the Khazaen Dry Port, where we have three local industry partners, which allows the sharing of responsibilities and benefits. In Duqm, various operations are based on partnerships which include the handling of bulk, containers, and marine services.
We anticipate that our commitment to partnering will continue. Our goal is to ensure that we always have the best partners by our side as we have set high standards for ourselves.
Our goal is to ensure that we always have the best partners by our side as we have set high standards for ourselvesAhmed Mohammed Al Abri
Could you provide more details about Asyad’s collaborations with key stakeholders in the market, including government entities like the project in Duqm, the special economic zone, and its connection to green hydrogen fuel?
Ahmed Mohammed Al Abri: So, it is all about sustainability, whether it is green energy for the ports, its tenants, or the vessels that call the ports, or our pursuit of the Zero Carbon goal. Logistics is a fundamental part of making sure that the whole drive towards the green energy industry and sustainability is sustainable itself and contributes significantly to this effort.
Asyad has already finalized its sustainability framework. This framework aligns with the government’s 2050 Carbon Zero Policy. It also targets short and long-term initiatives which will lead to the sustainability of its operations.
In all our current port operations, green initiatives are our primary future focusAhmed Mohammed Al Abri
The maritime sector’s involvement is crucial in establishing industries, as they facilitate efficient transportation of their products or raw materials. Asyad is thus making substantial investments to transition our current fleet of ships to a more environmentally friendly option. We have collaborated with major companies and academic institutions in several pilot projects, with the aim of ensuring that we are well-prepared to be one of the leading companies utilizing green energy.
Our port facilities are adapting to create the ideal environment for green energy producers and suppliers. In all our current port operations, green initiatives are our primary future focus.