The Port of Salalah has recorded its highest productivity ever in the region, with its success mainly attributed to a US$31m investment in asset replacement and capacity improvements.
The port delivered 412.97 Port Moves per Hour (PMPH) on the vessel Cap San Tainaro, handling a total of 3,820 moves in a port stay of 9.25 hours.
Located on the Arabian Sea, Salalah acts as a regional gatway port and transhipment hub for Oman and has a capacity of around 5m teu.
Mark Hardiman, chief executive officer of the Port of Salalah, said: “In the competitive environment of the transhipment business, delivering these levels of performance enhances the overall value proposition of Salalah to the shipping line in terms of network cost savings and reliability.”
The US $31m investment over the past year is part of a long-term equipment renewal and deployment plan that aims to address evolving changes in the shipping industry – including vessel profiles and customers’ operational requirements.
APM Terminals (APMT) has a 30-year concession agreement with the government of Oman to build and manage the port’s container facility until 2028.
Over the past year the company has invested in 214 new terminal tractors, 28 spreaders, 29 forklifts, 4 rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes, welding equipment, lifts, general cargo equipment and ship loaders for bulk.
The RTGs are designed to be safer, more environmentally friendly and to reduce equipment down time.
In early 2018, Cyclone Mekunu damaged the container and general cargo capacity at the port but this has since been restored.
Salalah handled 1.94m teu in the six months to the end of June 2019, up 10% on the first half of 2018 although last year’s performance was impacted negatively by Cyclone Mekunu.