Port of Salalah volume up 13pc to 2.2 million TEU in first half
OMAN's Salalah port continues to see significant growth as key lines consolidate operations around the harbour, reports Dubai's Maritime Standard
OMAN's Salalah port continues to see significant growth as key lines consolidate operations around the harbour, reports Dubai's Maritime Standard.
Over the first six months of 2020, the Port of Salalah handled 2.2 million TEU, up from 1.94 million TEU during the same period in 2019, an increase of 13 per cent. Revenues from the container terminal also grew three per cent year on year.
The port's general cargo terminal handled 7.3 million tons over the first six months of the year. This was 11 per cent down, mainly due to lower gypsum and limestone exports as a result of lower demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Revenues generated by the general cargo terminal dropped by 22 per cent as a result.
The Port of Salalah secured three additional shipping line calls during the second quarter of the year, increasing its regional connectivity. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has added a call to Salalah on its Himalaya Express, which provides an additional direct connection to North Europe, while the JJS service of Global Feeder Shipping has enhanced operations to Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Global Resources and Shipping, a niche operator, has also commenced a regular service into Yemen and plans to expand to other ports which traditional shipping lines cannot serve.
Said Salalah port CEO Mark Hardiman: 'We are working closely with our partners to not only provide new services via Salalah but also develop innovative solutions which adds to the flexibility of the port and resilience of the supply chain during this time of global changes.'