Container port demand growth has accelerated in the Middle East over the last years and Port of Salalah has made significant investments at both our Container Terminal and General Cargo Terminal in new terminal facilities and equipment to meet this growth.
Port of Salalah is one of the fastest growing terminals in the West Central Asia region situated right at the major East-West shipping lanes. With the opening of the 5th deepwater berth in May last year and the recent completion of berth 6, the annual throughput capacity has grown from 2.5 million TEU in 2006 to 4.5 million TEU in 2008
With the increase in demand for port facilities in this region, the Port of Salalah has made significant investment in providing new facilities to ensure it remains an industry leader. We have, invested in eight more Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes to augment the 17 cranes that are already operating. These machines, with their ability to reach containers stacked 24-across on deck, can service the largest vessels in the world. This, the opening of the two new berths and significant investment in new port handling equipment will bring the port’s capacity to about 6 million TEU annually by mid 2009.
The constant expansion and development of the Port of Salalah plays an important role in meeting increasing customer requirements; at the same time, it also ensures increased efficiency and faster vessel turnaround times. The Port’s growth strategy lays the foundation for success in reaching its goal of becoming a main global transhipment hub. A minimum of three further container berths have been approved, which will give us a total of nine berths, totaling 3,555 metres in length. Berths 7, 8 and 9 are known as “Terminal 2”. This project will add an additional 1,350 metres of quay wall and another 3 million TEU to the Port’s annual capacity. Berth 7 is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2011, with Berths 8 and 9 scheduled for completion during the following year.
General Cargo Terminal
Growth at the general cargo terminal has been impressive, with an increase of 21 per cent in 2007. To support this rapid growth, two telescopic mobile cranes have been purchased, while construction is underway for a new 500 m2 liquids jetty and an additional 500 metres of quay wall.
With sustained growth and its importance to the local community, there are plans for the construction of additional bulk container berths, grain, cement and oil bulk-handling terminals as well as conveyor belts and silos. Additionally, speculative warehousing and vehicle transshipment facilities have been built to promote new business ventures.
Salalah is a regular port of call for cruise liners and we are currently developing a separate cruise terminal.
Future developments include:
- Additional Container Berths
- Bulk Handling Terminals for Grain, Cement and Oil
- Conveyor Belts
- Additional warehousing
- Vehicle Transshipment facilities