FERRY SERVICE FOR OMAN FROM QATAR? as Qatar is trying to establish a Ferry Service

A Ferry Service for Oman from Qatar and Kuwait might be launching soon.

Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula
Grand Ferry via Abdul Basit The Peninsula

This seems to be being organized from Qatar , though the ‘ownership’ of the ferry may be in a Marshal Islands company MH Marne, who ‘lease’ it to ‘Karenah Line’ of Iran, with the vessel’s management through the Greek company, ‘Go Shipping’. Karenah Line owns the Sunny, a similar Ferry based on Kish Island with service to Iran’s mainland.

Corse in courtesy Louis Moutard-Martin
Corse in courtesy Louis Moutard-Martin

The proposed ship is the “Grand Ferry” previously “Corse” serving the French Mediterranean Islands, with a capacity for 670 cars and 870 passengers. It has 237 cabins along with facilities including a cinema. Built in 1983 in France the ship was refitted in the Greek Port of Chalkis and sailed for Doha on 16th November 2018, currently it is berthed in Doha Port. The route will have Doha as a hub and Kuwait and Sohar Port (Oman)  as terminus on either side. The cruise time between Sohar Port and Doha is 25hours. A possible addition of an Iranian port has been mentioned.

Grand Ferry Faisal Mohamed Al Sualiti and Minister Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti via Gulf Times
Grand Ferry Faisal Mohamed Al Sualiti and Minister Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti via Gulf Times

The substantial vehicle capacity will allow freight carrying, providing additional services to Qatar which currently has no land border available for vehicle use. With the Qatari management by Faisal Mohamed Al Sualiti having strong connections with Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti it would seem that the actual operation of the ferry will depend on political decisions in Kuwait and Oman.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4