If all goes well, tomorrow I’ll be taking the world’s fastest ferry to Musandam, Oman. That is the hunk of Oman which is separated from the rest of the country and sticks out into the Strait of Hormuz.
The ferry connects Musandam with Muscat and has been clocked at 55.9 knots. From what I’ve read it is losing money hand over fist as there wasn’t a lot of thought put into the business. The boats are more expensive than flying, take longer than a flight (6 hours vs 45 min), and were only designed for shorter, one hour trips. The tickets are out of the price of most Omanis and there are only 30,000 people who live on Musandam. Also, no facilities for the ferries were ever built and no one was trained prior to the arrival of the ships.
So, I’m taking the trip while I can.
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My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world. I sold my house, put my possessions in storage and h…
So…..now I am going to Musandam. Arun, who lives in Oman and met me on Twitter, came through and figured out where I had to go.
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