Oman's Sohar Industrial Port Co (SIPC) has signed a contract with the consortium of Khimji Ramdas Shipping and TM International Ltd (TMIL), a subsidiary of Tata Steel India, to establish operations for the handling of dry-bulk minerals, Muscat Daily has reported. The consortium partners have made ready temporary berth 14 for bulk material handling, which is likely to remain operational for the next two years. In the meantime, the construction of the permanent terminal at berth 25 will be completed. The terminal will be equipped with loaders and unloaders of very high capacity and also be linked to the yard with a 3.5km long conveyor system. The terminal is being designed for a capacity of approximately10 million metric tonnes, the partners said.