The Port of Salalah, the biggest port in Oman, has become the latest port to join TradeLens, the blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform.
TradeLens was launched in 2018 between Maersk and IBM as a way of making it easier to transfer shipping documentation across the supply chain.
Many of the world’s biggest carriers, including MSC and CMA CGM have joined, as have major terminal operators and ports.
Mark Hardiman, CEO, Port of Salalah, is quoted as describing TradeLens as “an important step forward” in supporting the Port’s efforts to modernize the trade ecosystem.
“Logistics has been identified as one of the key pillars for economic diversification for the Sultanate of Oman,” Hardiman said.
“Adopting and incorporating blockchain technology into all aspects of supply chain will not only enhance the attractiveness of Salalah for these companies but also support development of new business models that can further leverage the geographical location of Salalah.”
Thomas Sproat, Director of Network Development, Maersk GTD, said the addition of the Port of Salalah “continues to enhance a strong ecosystem for TradeLens in the Middle East”.
He continued: “Integrating data with an important customer such as the port of Salalah is an important milestone for TradeLens and is a stepping stone for collaboration and will open up new ways of working across the supply chain ecosystem to increase efficiencies and visibility for those involved.”