Salalah Opens Massive New Terminal


The Port of Salalah, a major Arab Gulf regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has inaugurated a new deep-water general cargo and liquid bulk terminal.

The terminal will add 18.1 million tonnes of dry cargo and six million tons of liquid bulk cargo annual handling capacity.

The 1,266 metre quay has two 320 metre long general cargo berths, two 300 metre long liquid bulk berths and a depth of 18 metres.

David Gledhill, CEO of the Port of Salalah, said: “The new facility is able to handle a wide range of vessels, ranging from naval ships, to vessels handling limestone, cement, livestock, project cargo and other dry bulk commodities as Salalah continues to grow as a key center of trade and logistics for the region.”

The new terminal was built by the Government of Oman at a cost of US$143 million. The project includes support structures such as power substations, a fire pump house, a Prayer Hall, a canteen, and administrative offices. 

Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah, said: “A dedicated pipe corridor links the new liquid bulk terminal directly with one of our customers operating within the port, and in the future, an extension will connect with the Salalah Free Zone where new customers are setting up their plants.”

Fact File: The Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals (APMT) as part of the APMT Global Terminal Network, and in which APMT holds a 30% share, handling more than 3 million TEU in 2014. Salalah was tied for fifth place in the JOC Group Productivity Study for 2014 in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, with 96 crane moves per hour with a vessel alongside.

(Source: Port of Salalah)

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