Infrastructural and economic development of Salalah Port high on the agenda
A senior delegation from APM Terminals, including CEO Kim Fejfer, met with representatives of the Omani government last week to discuss the infrastructural and economic development of the Port of Salalah.
The high level discussions with Oman’s minister of commerce and industry Dr. Ali Sunaidi, and the secretary general of the supreme council for planning Sultan Al Habsi, focused on proposals to add a further three million TEU to the capacity of the port, which currently has an annual throughput capacity of five million TEU.
“Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman is creating exciting new opportunities as a high-growth market at a key crossroads of global trade,” said Fejfer.
“Through our partnership at the Port of Salalah, we have been able to share our expertise in port development and operations and contribute to this period of transformation and economic progress for the people of Salalah and Oman.”
As part of its expansion plans, Salalah will also issue a government tender process for a permanent cruise terminal and a 6,000 square-meter “business incubator space”.
“We are committed to our vision of becoming the port of choice for the region, and to maximising the stewardship of our assets and resources at all times,” stated Port of Salalah CEO, Peter Ford.
The Port of Salalah, located on the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea, began commercial operations in November 1998 as a collaborative effort between the Omani government and shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. Since its opening, container traffic at the port has grown by over 600 percent to 3.65 million TEU.
APM Terminals, holding a 30 percent share in the Port of Salalah, is responsible for the day to day running of the facility.