Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2022

3 3 Port of Salalah DFI Dauerflora International, which typically provides high-quality plants and floral arrangements for cruise ships and other onshore spaces, has expanded its product portfolio to included hand sanitiser, soap and disinfectant dispensers. Designed for use in public spaces, food preparation areas and bathrooms, the series of products include a stylishly designed hand sanitiser dispenser, which can either be attached to a stainless-steel stand or fixed to a wall. The dispenser can be operated electrically or with batteries and is equipped with two large containers of sanitiser to make the refilling process easy. Cruise Gate Hamburg has already installed the hand sanitiser dispensers for cruise guests and crew members to use at its terminal in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, Dauerflora also offers a series of soap and disinfectant dispensers that can be operated manually or by batteries. They are available in stainless steel, black, anthracite, white, copper and smoke blue, and can be purchased alongside matching waste bins and paper towel and toilet roll dispensers. Dauerflora has also created a washroom monitoring system with wi-fi functionality, which enables ship operators to remotely and automatically monitor sanitisier, soap or disinfectant levels in the dispensers. If it drops below a critical level, the system will notify staff to refill the dispensers before they are empty. This is less time consuming for staff and ensure a good experience for guests. Dauerflora supplies hand sanitiser dispensers to Cruise Gate Hamburg Port profile Salalah is the capital city of southern Oman’s Dhofar governate, which is strategically located on the major East-West shipping lane. Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, the city attracts tourists from across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and countries worldwide, making cruise tourism one of the key economic drivers for the Sultanate of Oman. The Port of Salalah is also a critical regional gateway port for the Arabian Gulf and a transhipment hub on the Arabian Sea, as well as the largest port in Oman. The port’s location means it contributes significantly to Oman’s cruise tourism industry by hosting luxury ships that are touring the GCC. Now that cruise tourism is becoming more popular in the wake of the pandemic, the port has hosted calls from AIDA Cruises’ AIDAbella and Costa Cruises’ Costa Firenze, welcoming over 2,600 passengers to Salalah. More cruise vessels are scheduled to visit in 2022. Through a collaborative effort, the port supports local governments, private sector entities and shipowners that will enhance Oman’s cruise tourism sector. The port also implements international standards to protect its employees, cruise vessel crews and visitors. In addition, the port is exploring new avenues to increase cruise tourism through a partnership with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, and improving its facilities to handle cruise vessels of all sizes.