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  • Commissioned in 2016, the MSC Eloane boasts an overall length of 400meters and a maximum capacity of 19,462 containers and is the third in a series of the Megaships built by MSC. The Port of Salalah, a major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, is one of a select number Ports globally that has the capability of handling ships as large as the MSC Eloane

    This is yet another milestone for the Port of Salalah in 2016 and an indication on the overall trend in the global shipping market. International Shipping Companies are vying to create economies of scale by building larger vessels and deploying them on their major trade lanes. The Port of Salalah is uniquely fitted to receive these vessels with a strategic location on the East West Trade Lanes and World Class Container Terminal operations.

  • The Port of Salalah, Oman’s major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has recently received 20 Tractor Trailers (TT) ordered from Terberg.

    At the ceremony at the port, the keys for the TTs were handed over to the drivers who have shown a consistent performance in productivity and safety.

    David Gledhill CEO of the Port of Salalah said “This ongoing asset augmentation program will provide us with the resources required for a more efficient service. With several other initiatives already underway, we expect to see an upward trajectory in overall efficiency. We are working with various stakeholders to ensure continued investment in Salalah as one of the important ports in the region.”

    Mr. Joseph Schofield, the Chief Operating Officer of the Container Terminal handed over the keys of the new machines to the employees.

    Port of Salalah is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network. Its container volume grew by 29 % in the first half as compared to the corresponding period in the previous year. The Port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually.

  • In mid-July 2016 the Port of Salalah (POS) and Navis launched the Terminal Business Knowledge Exchange Partnership Program.

    The Port of Salalah strategically located in Sultanate of Oman at the major East-West Shipping Lane, is a large multipurpose port managed by APM Terminals and a world class transshipment hub.

    Navis, a part of the Cargotec Corporation, and provider of operational technologies that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading terminal operators, supplies the mission critical Terminal Operating System (TOS) and services to POS.

    As part of the Port of Salalah’s strategy to be a world class Gateway port, POS teamed up with Navis on a two week knowledge exchange program in July 2016. ‘’POS and Navis top management together developed this program to enhance and foster better a closer partnership to share expertise and improve performance at the terminal’’ said Abdulhakeem Zidi, the Senior Manager, Systems - CT .

    The exchange program focused on the following common objects:

    • Enhance Navis personnel’s understanding of the operational models at POS in the Middle East region.
    • Enable Navis Support teams to better understand the POS environment for better investigation of system issues, operational issues or product functionality.
    • Develop with a common understanding of responses to the terminals subsequent cases and business requests.
    • Enable POS to develop a better understanding of Navis support team capabilities and the process for case management.
    • Share best practices within selected regions and across the globe on business practices as well as Navis product functionality

    ‘’Both POS and Navis look forward to the program serving as a platform for an on-going collaborative partnership, expanding across various departments in Navis and POS’’ stated Joseph Schofield, the Chief Operation Officer.

  • Recently, the Port of Salalah welcomed the World’s largest container vessel, the MSC Zoe. Commissioned in 2015, the MSC Zoe boasts an overall length of 395.4 meters and a maximum capacity of 19,224 containers and is the third in a series of the Megaships built by MSC. The Port of Salalah, a major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, is one of a select number Ports globally that has the capability of handling ships as large as the MSC Zoe.

    This is yet another milestone for the Port of Salalah in 2016 and an indication on the overall trend in the global shipping market. International Shipping Companies are vying to create economies of scale by building larger vessels and deploying them on their major trade lanes. The Port of Salalah is uniquely fitted to receive these vessels with a strategic location on the East West Trade Lanes and World Class Container Terminal operations.

  • Carmeuse Group based in Belgium in partnership with Majan Mining, Oman has started exporting High Calcium lime from its lime plant in the Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), Sultanate of Oman through Port of Salalah. The plant is expected to reach a production capacity of 800 tpd by early July’16 using the locally sourced high quality limestone.

    The CEO of Port of Salalah, David Gledhill, said “We are very pleased with the Carmeuse project showing continued growth in exports from their plant in Salalah Free Zone. Salalah now is attracting a diverse range of businesses who benefit from the strategic location and direct global connectivity to serve number of emerging and established markets from a single location. We are delighted to be part of the journey of another success story at Salalah with a global company like Carmeuse,”

    Mr. Tim Van den Bossche CEO, Carmeuse Middle East & Asia stated “We are happy to see the development and growth in the newest facility of our group. With the support of all stakeholders, this state of the art plant should allow us to gain access to and establish our brand in new markets in the region”

    Mr. Ahmed Akaak, the Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah stated, “This project is another milestone in developing Salalah as a vibrant manufacturing and logistics hub. Encouragement and support to such developments is essential to successfully attain the vision to diversify the national economy and generate sustainable employment for local talent in the Dhofar region”.

    The Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), Sultanate of Oman is seeing a great interest from various industries and a number of projects are in advanced stage of negotiations. The Free Zone is also in the process of implementing projects aggregating to about USD 40 Million to augment its infrastructure.

    The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30% share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tons of bulk cargo. The Port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually.

  • Port of Salalah reached a new milestone in efficiency and productivity reaching a productivity of 43.2 crane moves per hour on Maersk Denver and an average berth productivity of 177.8 moves per hour on MSC Eva.

    Mr. David Gledhill CEO of the Port of Salalah said “In the highly competitive landscape of the transshipment terminals, I am very happy that every employee at the Port understands the need for a safe, speedy and efficient operation and endeavors to deliver the best possible productivity on each vessel. Such highly focused and coordinated team effort is essential is to ensure that shipping lines can maximize savings in the current depressed freight markets and increase Salalah’s overall value proposition.”

    Mr. Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO of Port of Salalah said “I am extremely delighted by the performance. This record has only been possible due to the excellent team work and cooperation by each department and employee of the port. With several other initiatives already underway in operational and planning processes, we expect to continue to see an upward trajectory in overall productivity.”

    On this occasion, Mr. Joseph Schofield, the Chief Operating Officer of the Container Terminal distributed certificates and the team had a small celebration.

  • The Port of Salalah, Oman’s major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has added another main line service with the commencement of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s New Falcon direct Asia/Middle East service. The first New Falcon Salalah port call, the 7,849 TEU capacity MSC Ningbo, arrived from Colombo on 24th May 2016. The New Falcon Service, which was introduced by MSC in March of 2015, operates with a string of eight 8,000 TEU-capacity class vessels, featuring direct service between China, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India with the Persian Gulf, and now Oman.

    “The New Falcon Service, which offers the fastest transit time from the Far East to Oman will not only cater to the growing import market of Salalah, but will also open new opportunities to serve our extended hinterland” said Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill, adding “This new connectivity will also facilitate enhanced trade with other economies in the Middle East.

    Swiss-Based MSC is currently the world’s second-largest shipping line in both capacity, and fleet size, with an overall capacity of 2.68 million TEUs and 486 vessels, calling 315 ports on over 200 trade routes around the world.

    “We are happy to see another MSC service calling on Salalah, demonstrating the confidence of one of the world’s great liner networks in our ability to meet the needs of global logistics community serving the people and businesses of the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.” stated Mr. Ahmed Akaak, the Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah,

    The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30% share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tons of bulk cargo. The Port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually.

  • Salalah, Oman- Port of Salalah celebrated its annual Safety Day on Thursday 28th of April 2016 with a theme this year "Safe for You, Safe for Me".

    The Safety day included actions to be taken at work places to protect staff, Safe systems, and procedures for using equipment, and carrying out tasks that promote safety across the whole port, including the journey to and from the place of work and protection of the family especially preventing Fires in the home.

    The ongoing safety improvements by the port Management pays particular attention to employee behavior at all levels including Training, Risk Assessments procedures, and general ownership, which help enhance all general principles in the Port.

    A program of events have been organized by the HSSE Department which included various activities such as (General Medical Checks, Oil Spill Exercise, Watching Movies and Senior management Presentations, The campaign also includes awareness programs provided by Civil Defense and specialist organizations with displays and exercise’s running throughout the day .

    In this Occasion, Mr. David Gledhill, CEO of POS said, "The aim of the International Safety Day is to focus on the importance of the health and safety to protect all the Port staff and contractors in addition to providing safe environment free of accidents and diseases that might cause fatalities and huge losses" Mr. Gledhill also praised the efforts of all concerned staff who implemented the best practices that bring positive results and achieved continuous improvement in this very important area of our business.

    Mr. Ahmed Akaak, the DCEO of POS confirmed that, "On this occasion we concentrate on enhancing the safety culture and behavior at the workplaces." He also said that, "This comes as part of the Port intention to deepen and consolidate the concept of safety culture, and increase safety awareness. It also provides a healthy environment where the welfare of our staff continues to remain high on the agenda"

    Mr. David Wilson General Manager HSSE said that the port is committed to the safety of its staff and everyone else and together with continued education and support, we can achieve positive productivity and safe working conditions, which will help, secure the future success of Port of Salalah

  • The Port of Salalah and Oman Oil Marketing Company (omanoil)recently signed a lease agreement for the development of a small to medium capacity fuel terminal in the Port of Salalah. Planned to be completed by the end of 2016, the project will further enable omanoil’s bunker and trading capabilities and growth in in the port.

    CEO of Port of Salalah, David Gledhill said, "This project will greatly enhance the bunkering options available in the Port of Salalah and is an important step to increasing the attractiveness of Salalah to international Shipping Lines."

    He added, "The strategic location of Salalah on major shipping lanes makes it a natural location for bunkering operations, and we are delighted to have omanoil in the port working with us to realize this potential."

    Faisal Al Shanfari, omanoil’s Acting CEO and General Manager of Shared Services, said "This lease agreement is a new milestone in omanoil’s decade-long history. In addition to its role in expanding our service offering within the bunker supply business, this terminal will help us realize our strategy in Oman’s southernmost Governorate and in turn our vision to serve the nation as a whole.”

    He added, “Our partnership with the Port of Salalah can only grow and prosper beyond this point and we are looking forward to a very rewarding future together.”

  • Salalah, Oman- Port of Salalah, a major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, achieved yet another maritime milestone by being the first and only port in Oman to handle a container vessel over 18000 TEUs. Mayview Maersk, which was delivered to Maersk Line in 2014, has a Length of 399 M and a capacity of 18,270 TEUS. The vessel berthed at Port of Salalah on 10 April. The previous record was MSC London of the Mediterranean Shipping Co, which also was called Salalah. With the continued increase in the overall size of the vessels, such vessels are expected to be regular callers in main line hub ports.

    David Gledhill, the CEO of the Port of Salalah stated “We are delighted to earn the trust of the shipping lines to be able to handle these sizes of vessels. The call is a testament not only the infrastructure of the terminal but more importantly the confidence of the shipping lines on our employees’ ability to handle them in a safe and efficient manner.

    In order to maximize trade coverage of these calls and to allow the Omani businesses to be able to leverage these main line connectivity, the Port of Salalah team has been successful in developing new feeder connections for other ports in the region and will continue to expand the same. “

    Mr. Ahmed Akaak, the Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah stated, “We are excited to see an increasing number of services calling Salalah. Main line connectivity like these forms a critical backbone of an efficient and cost effective logistics and supply chain solution for the customers. We continue to pursue opportunities with various Omani businesses that are keen to leverage the superior and geographically diverse connectivity offered at Salalah to expand their markets and support the national effort to diversify the non-oil trade of the country.”

    The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30% share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tons of bulk cargo. The port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually.

  • Landmark agreement aims to facilitate growth in shipping, trade and commerce for Oman and Iran

    Port of Salalah to offer knowledge and expertise to support modernization of Iranian ports.

    Port of Salalah, the biggest port in Oman, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ShahidRajaee Port and Chabahar Port through the Port and Maritime Authority (PMO) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This landmark agreement envisages close cooperation in a diverse range of activities that will facilitate growth in shipping, trade and commerce for both nations.

    “With multiple main line services already providing a comprehensive and reliable global connectivity via Salalah, and strong interest shown by all shipping lines in catering to the growing Iranian economy, this pioneering agreement will act as a facilitator and a platform for the three  ports to work together to provide best in class logistics and supply chain solutions for multiple stakeholders,” stated Mr. Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah who signed the agreement.

    “With a number of joint ventures being discussed between the two governments, the local community sees this agreement as a step towards anchoring some of these ventures in Salalah providing career opportunities for the Omani talent,”Mr. Ahmed Akaak added.

    Mr. EbrahimIdani Director General for Hormozgan Provence, (PMO) signed the MOU on behalf of ShahidRajaee Port and Chabahar Port. PMO is the apex authority for regulating and controlling all ports and maritime affairs, promoting shipping and commerce, collecting port duties and taxes as well as registering Iranian vessels.

    Under the MOU, the three ports will develop joint marketing strategies, work together to enhance trade opportunities and promote an all water route between Bandar Abbas, Chahbahar and Salalah.

    The agreement also provides for leveraging the knowledge and experience of Port of Salalah to help modernize and improve the infrastructure of the two Iraninan ports in addition tooffering support and expertise in training and skill development for the Iranian work force. This is to cater to the growth in trade and commerce expected to pass through the Iranian ports.

    Mr. David Gledhill, CEO of the Port of Salalah stated “This agreement provides an opportunity for the three  portsto complement and significantly enhance each other’s value proposition by providing the industries in their hinterland a gateway for wider market by leveraging on the location of the partner ports. We also envisage the landlocked countries adjacent to Iran to use the existing multilateral agreements for transport corridors to access new markets and thereby enhance regional trade opportunities.”

    The Shahid Rajaee Port is located 20 Km west of Bandar Abbas city, on the northern shore of the Strait of Hormoz and Qeshm Island. It is the largest port in Iran handling almost half of Iran's seaborne trade. The area of ShahidRajaee Complex is of 2200 acres which includes three basins with a depth of 13 to 17 meters. The services offered at this port includes container, general cargo, bulk cargo, oil products, edible oil, bunkering, mineralsand  storage. Port of ShahidRajaee is connected to Tehran and to other cities of the country by road, railroad, and airlines.

    The Chabahar Port is located in the south eastern part of Iran and is being promoted as an alternate gateway for access to the landlocked CIS countries and Afghanistan. It has a present capacity of about 2.5 million Metric Tonswhich is envisaged to be enhanced to 12.5 million Metric Tons. Developments of the port are already underway under a cooperation agreement with the Government of India which includes a urea fertilizer plant.

    As part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, the Port of Salalah, the biggest commercial port in the Sultanate Oman, recently underwent an expansion thatdoubled the quay length, and increased dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually. The Port of Salalah, in which APM holds a 30% share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tons of bulk cargo. A “2030” initiative includes plans for $15 billion in infrastructure investment in the Salalah Free Trade Zone by 2028 to create a larger regional shipping and commerce center for the region, and a Port Phase 3 expansion including three new container berths. 

  • Salalah, Oman – 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, adding 20 million tons of dry cargo and six million tons of liquid bulk cargo annual handling capacity. The 1,266 meter-long quay facility is located on the leeward side of southern breakwater at the Port and provides two 320 meter-long General Cargo berths, and two 300 meter-long Liquid Bulk berths.

    “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” said Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill

    The new terminal was built by the Government of Oman at a cost of 55 million OMR (USD $143 million). The quay wall is 1,266 meters in length, 84 meters wide, and is dredged to a depth of 18 meters. The Project also includes support structures such as power Substations, a fire pump house, a Prayer Hall, a Canteen, and administrative offices. Liquid bulk cargoes are an increasingly important commodity for Omani industry and trade; “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.” said Port of Salalah Deputy CEO Ahmed Akaak.

    The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30% share, handled 3.03 million TEUs in 2014, along with 10.3 million tons of bulk cargo. Salalah was tied for 5th place in the JOC Group Productivity Study for 2014 in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, of the with 96 crane moves per hour with a vessel alongside.

  • Salalah, Oman – The Port of Salalah, a major Arab Gulf region gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has announced that French-based CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping line, will add two new weekly services to East Africa, and Europe, beginning the first week of December: the Noura Express and the EPIC service.

    The Noura Express service, on the East Africa trade lane operates four vessels of up to 2,755 TEU capacity, linking the ports of Jebel Ali (UAE), Khor al Fakkan (UAE), Mombasa (Kenya), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Salalah. At Salalah, transshipment is available to CMA CGM’s Europe Pakistan India Consortium (EPIC) Service, which links ports in South Asia, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean, and North Europe. The EPIC Service is operated with eight vessels of up to 9,400 TEU capacity.

    “The introduction of the EPIC service to the Port of Salalah provides our growing customer base in Salalah with an additional opportunity for export to Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as for imports from the Indian Subcontinent” said Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill, adding “the Noura Service call leverages the strategic location of Salalah to provide a new, fast cargo connection from East Africa to Europe, which can potentially be also used to accommodate Omani imports from Kenya and Somalia.”

    Part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, the port of Salalah is now undergoing an expansion which will double the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tons, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tons annually. The Port of Salalah, in which APM Terminals operates and holds a 30% share, handled 3.03 million TEUs in 2014, along with 7.9 million tons of bulk cargo. Salalah was tied for 5th in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of the JOC Group Productivity Study for 2014 with 96 MPH with a vessel alongside. A “2030” initiative includes plans for $15 billion in infrastructure investment in the Salalah Free Trade Zone by 2028 to create a larger regional shipping and commerce center for the region, and a Port Phase 3 expansion including three new container berths.

    “These new services reflect our ongoing efforts to provide diverse options to the growing Salalah shipping community; the Port of Salalah shall continue to explore opportunities both with shipping lines and logistics providers to offer enhanced supply chain solutions to our valued customers” said Port of Salalah Deputy CEO Ahmed Akaak.

  • Salalah-Oman, Al Jood Natural Resources & Oman Industries Gypsum entered into a Joint venture to mine and export Natural Gypsum from Oman. We have successfully exported 67,000 tons using a post panamax vessel MV SRI PREM POORVA which called salalah port recently. We have signed a long term contract with end users in the Indian sub-continent till Dec 2016 to supply 50,000 tons (using supramax vessel) every month till Dec 2016. This JV will contribute a little bit to the nation's economy in/through the non-oil exports from the Sultanate.

    Shiekh Ali Bin Suhail Al Mashani, Chairman of Oman Industries Gypsum stated ; ( We would like to place on record our sincere appreciation to the Public Authority of Mining and Port of Salalah for their continues support to us and encouraging Omani companies in investing in the Omani mining sector)

    Mohammed Rizwan, General Manager of Al Jood Minerals stated on the occasion; (I would like to thank the Salalah Port authorities, their commercial and operation's team were very helpful and co-operative to complete the shipment in a smooth way. I would also thank "Team Al Jood" for their hard work in executing this shipment).

    Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy Chief Executive commented on the event; (Port of Salalah welcomes the first vessel for the newly Joint Venture firm. We will consistently strive to provide full support to achieve maximum productivity for our valued customers)

  • X-Press Feeders, the largest common feeder operator in the world, has commenced a new service between Salalah and Berbera (Somalia). The service to commenced from mid-October and may expand at a later stage to other ports in the region.

    David Gledhill, CEO Port of Salalah stated, “Berbera is an important market for many of the International shipping lines. This new service from Salalah will allow the shipping lines, many of whom already use Salalah as a hub, to offer a cost efficient and competitive transit time to Berbera”. The connectivity also provides an additional supply chain route for the growing trade between Salalah and Berbera. Mr. Nelson Sequeira, Senior Director of X-Press Feeders stated, “This is an important milestone for both X-Press Feeders and Port of Salalah in our ongoing cooperation to expand our presence in the region. We hope to expand our presence in Salalah and facilitate the shipping lines ability to leverage on their global connectivity via Salalah to offer comprehensive and flexible coverage of the region.”

    Mr. Nelson Sequeira, Senior Director of X-Press Feeders stated, “This is an important milestone for both X-Press Feeders and Port of Salalah in our ongoing cooperation to expand our presence in the region. We hope to expand our presence in Salalah and facilitate the shipping lines ability to leverage on their global connectivity via Salalah to offer comprehensive and flexible coverage of the region.”


     

  • Salalah: A new record achieved at Port of Salalah for the second time in 2015 at the general cargo terminal by handling 1,211,569 metric tons in September 2015. This new record breaks the previous one of 1,187,561 that was set in June 2015.

    Port of Salalah CEO David Gledhill said about this, “The achievement is not easy to accomplish in this industry and requires a great deal of collaboration, planning, and modern management that makes necessary machinery available for such an accomplishment. GCT General Manager Ahmed Qatan stated, “Breaking records twice in 2015 is an indication of a proper planning and effort towards providing a high quality services in the port. He also expressed his gratitude to everybody in achieving this.

    The GCT handled over 10 million metric tons of cargo in 2014 and is expected to handle over 12 million in 2015.

    The port is one of the most important ports in the region due to the strategic location that connects west to East, which saves time and cost. It also provides valuable facilities to container and general cargo ships. The port has connections with 54 ports worldwide as well as ships that transship containers to markets in Southeast Africa, India and GCC states.

     

  • Salalah: Port of Salalah is taking part in the Global Ports Group initiative “Go Green” from 14th – 17th September 2015. Global marine terminal operators DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), APM Terminals, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – five of the world’s largest port operators, and joined by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), have launched the first ever joint industry initiative of this magnitude to promote environmental awareness and make a sustainable difference in the communities in which they operate.

    The concept of “Go Green” is to address three main areas - Reuse and Recycle, Climate Change and Community.

    A number of activities will be taking place during the week including Beach Cleaning, Tree planting in association with Ministry of Environment, Salalah Municipality, Raysuit School, and Environment Society of Oman as well as other activities inside the port.  David Gledhill, Port of Salalah CEO said, “Port of Salalah is participating in this week “Go Green” campaign to address the critical issues facing the environment and to work together with our community around us to raise the level of environmental awareness”.

    Go Green is a simple process to achieve environmental improvements, which engage a wide audience across the globe and local areas.

    David Wilson GM HSSE who is coordinating Go Green on behalf of Port of Salalah commented on the beach cleanup:
    “The Beach Clean event is an ideal opportunity for the local community and authorities to come together to show their commitment to improving the environment. Beach clean is something that benefits not only visitors and locals but also marine life. This important event shows respect for the beautiful coastline, important waters and surrounding areas that we enjoy. Everyone can play a part by using the bins provided, taking their rubbish home, and helping to remove waste left by others. Well done to the school and all those involved”.

  • As part of its robust Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the Port of Salalah encourages the integration of local SMEs in the port. Commenting on the Port of Salalah's recent initiatives to support SME's, Mr. Mohamed Qatan, Owner of Global Coasts Shipping Company stated, "I have decided to start my own shipping agency company here because the Port of Salalah receives more than 3000 Vessels per year, which means there is room for business for SMEs such as myself. Hence, I started my business and I am very pleased with the constant support from Port management and all government authorities at the port.

    Another SME to benefit from the policy of encouraging SMEs in the Port of Salalah, Mr. Ahmed Al Mashikhi, owner of Arabian Silk Trading started his custom clearing office two years ago and today he is one of the leading custom clearance offices in Salalah. Therefore, he is encouraging new young Omanis to start their own business and benefit from this world class port.

    Mr. Jafar AL Kathiri, Owner of Amwaj AL Reeda Shipping agency started his business by importing fish from Yemen and then export to Europe from here. He provides transportation between Yemen and Oman, so he got a contract with a large Yemeni businessman to move his cargo between Port of Salalah and Yemen via AL Mazyona Free Zone.

    While speaking to local business leaders, the Deputy CEO of the Port, Ahmed Akaak said, "We will continue to encourage the integration of SMEs into the Port of Salalah business community as we recognize the SMEs as an integral driver of economic growth and job opportunities for Omani citizens in Salalah."

  • During the holy month of Ramadhan, Salalah Port has coordinated with Bahja Orphan Society in Dhofar to support the Bread Project, which is just one of the many charitable projects undertaken by the society.

    The project consists of distributing bread to orphan households in collaboration with nearby bakeries. A total of 110 households benefited from the project. The Port will bear the cost of the whole project. The agreement was signed by the Port and the Society represented by Mr. Mohammed bin Aufeet al Mashani and Mr. Abdul Rab bin Salim al Yafai, respectively.

    Mr. al Mashani stated that the Port has taken upon itself to support community service projects, and in particular those that extend help to orphans. He added that Bahja Orphan Society deserves praise and respect for serving this section of the society.

  • On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 the port of Salalah celebrated its annual safety Day, which focuses on increasing awareness and sharing best practices for health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) procedures to the Port Staff.

    The theme for this year’s Safety Day was “Work Safe, Home Safe” and emphasis was put on the need to travel to and from work safely.  In his introductory speech David Wilson, general manager of HSSE, said “it is statistically more likely that a member of staff will be injured whilst on their way to or from the Port than while they are working here. It is therefore vital that we take the lessons we have learned about Safety whilst at work and apply them to the rest of our lives.”

    David Gledhill, the CEO of port of Salalah, personally led senior managers and Staff in signing a pledge to adhere to Road Safety Laws, to wear a seatbelt, not to use a phone whilst driving and to stay within the speed limit. The first three hundred signatories to the pledge received blue tooth headsets provided by Omantel.

    The Road Safety messaged was emphasised by placing cars that had been involved in crashes at strategic points around the Port as a visual reminder of the importance of adhering to the traffic laws. Other activities during the day included “Man Overboard drills”, a demonstration by Civil Defence and Talks on the “Fatal Five” risks in ports.

    The port of Salalah employees more than 2000 personnel making it the largest single employer in the Dhofar region. The {ort of Salalah is able to boast an impressive safety record, showing no time lost due to injuries (LTI) for 264 consecutive days. The Safety Day highlights the shared commitment of the port and its staff to ensure a safe working environment for all of its employees, customers, and visitors to the port.

  • GAC Oman and the Port of Salalah have begun working together to ship Less than Container (LCL) import consignments through the port. With this new service, the Port of Salalah offers GAC and the wider Omani business community the opportunity to take advantage of Salalah’s extensive connections to enjoy faster transit times and greater schedule reliability which, in turn, results in significant savings in logistics costs.

    Mr. Daniel Nordberg, General Manager of GAC Oman, said: “The excellent connectivity and the comprehensive facilities offered by the port have led to Salalah becoming an important part of the supply chain and logistics solutions offered by GAC to its customers in Oman. We are thankful to the Royal Oman Police Customs team in Salalah for their excellent ongoing support to make this possible.”

    Mr. David Gledhill, CEO of Port of Salalah said, “We are happy to be able to be playing its role in offering competitive and cost effective logistics solutions to Omani businesses, who have increasingly realized the savings accrued due to the direct connectivity, faster and reliable delivery more than offset slightly increased inland haulage cost, if any. We shall continue to work with the various stakeholders to identify and develop such opportunities which in the end benefit the Omani businesses as a whole.”

    The concept has been well received by the business community, and with the support of the Royal Oman Police Customs, GAC and the Port of Salalah plan to extend the service, adding more in-country value to Oman and expanding its solutions to include various export-oriented customers nationally, regionally and globally.

  • The Port of Salalah welcomed the first call from the Evergreen Line on 18th Dec 2014. The 8,452 TEU, M.V. Ever Lively berthedat 0800 and achieved a berth productivity on excess of 150 moves per hour in its 12 hour stay.

    David Gledhill, CEO of Port of Salalah, stated: "We are delighted to welcome Evergreen to the Port of Salalah for the first time and hope that this is the start of a long and mutually beneficial relationship. Evergreen is a well-respected and forward looking Company and we look forward to being able to help them develop their service offering in this region. It is also pleasing to note that Salalah now has the fourth largest shipping Lines in the world calling at our Port"

    Evergreen is the 4th largest ocean carrier in the world headquartered in Luzhu, Taiwan. With more than 190 container vessels and capacity of approximately 850,000 TEUs Evergreen services range from the East Asia to North America/Central America, East Asia to Northern Europe/Mediterranean, and Europe to North America (transatlantic), East Asia to Southern Hemisphere (intercontinental) and Intra-Asia and calling around 240 Ports around the globe.

    Port of Salalah operates one of the biggest containers terminal in the region and lines already offer weekly direct services to major destination in Europe, Africa, North America and Asia. The Salalah free zone which is adjacent to the port has already attracted significant foreign direct investments and a number of new projects are expect to commence operation in 2015.

  • Port of Salalah has announced that the MSC London will mark the historic arrival of the largest container ship to call in Oman when the ship is expected to arrive in Salalah on Friday, 8 August, 2014. Longer than the Eiffel Tower at 399 meters in length, the MSC London is so far the largest ship owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and the first in a series of six 16,652. Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) ships to join the 474+ vessel fleet. The arrival of the MSC London is more than a record event for us,” said David Gledhill, CEO at Port of Salalah, “as not only does this illustrate Salalah’s capability to handle vessels of this class, moreover, it reflects the sound partnership and confidence MSC has in the Port of Salalah to handle the company’s largest container ship efficiently.”

    Port of Salalah will service the MSC London as well as an additional MSC vessel with a capacity of 10,000 TEU in simultaneous container operations. Up to 3000 TEUs will be loaded onto the MSC London for transshipment as the vessel is underway from Singapore to the Black Sea. Though shipping is a cyclical industry and no day is ever the same, an average of 9,000 moves throughout the 24 hour cycle is the norm here at the Port of Salalah, a testament to Oman’s investment in this state-of-the-art container terminal,” adds Gledhill.

    Port of Salalah, Oman’s largest container terminal, is the only port in Oman that provides direct weekly connections to markets in Far East, Europe and the US East Coast, as well as to emerging economies in Africa including Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia, and the Indian Sub-continent, with multiple sailing to these locations each week.

  • Port of Salalah has demonstrated its track record for responsible and safe operations, having surpassed a safety milestone by achieving over 300 days with no Lost Time Injury (LTI), as well as receiving a 2014 Global Green Award at the Green Economy Forum held in Berlin recently.

    “Respect for the environment and a focus on adherence to sound health, safety and environmental practices are important facets of our corporate culture and reflect a company-wide commitment to the communities where APM Terminals operates,” said David Gledhill, who has joined the Port of Salalah as Chief Executive Officer in April of this year.

    The company as a whole has achieved 300 consecutive days with no LTI, equivalent to approximately 4.5 million manhours, and besting the company’s previous record of 170 days which had equated to 2.5 million manhours. As the port operates nonstop and all year round, this equates to an average of 625 manhours per hour.

    “Safety is embedded in all aspects of our operations and is a shared responsibility by every employee. Likewise, this achievement is a shared honor for everyone,” said Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO at Port of Salalah.

    The Global Green Award was presented to the company in recognition of the company’s environmental achievements and sustainable practices over the past five years. In 2009 the Port of Salalah had launched its SWITCH program to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% within four years, and successfully achieved the mark through implementing a series of projects, including automation of crane flood lights and campaigns to turn off vehicles during downtime. The port records show an overall reduction of CO2 from 73,044 KG in 2009 to 53,204 KG in 2013.

    Other environmental initiatives include upcycling of oil drums into tree and plant holders, recycling and reusing tires, recycling plastic bottles, and supporting a local native tree project. The port also issued its first Sustainability Summary last year.

    "We continue to move ideas into action and offer opportunities to engage employees in meaningful dialogue to cultivate the potential bottom line of sustainability. We provide whatever we can of physical and theoretical tools to develop our staff, and hence earn the better results in safety practices," said Mohammed Al Maashani, Head of HSSE at Port of Salalah.

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    Caption: Mohammed Al Maashani, Senior Manager HSE accepts Global Green Award on behalf of Port of Salalah

    Caption:  Port of Salalah employees make a safety pledge during the Annual Safety Day

  • Port of Salalah has crossed its previous safety record of 170 days and is nearing a milestone of achieving over 250 days with no LTI (lost-time-injury). The safety ownership culture change has been visible in achievements both on the port grounds and within the community service dedication presented by the port’s HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) department. 

     Over 1500 people had visited the port’s stand at the Traffic Safety Exhibition held at the Sultan Qaboos School in Salalah held from 18 to 20 of February, where children and adult attendees were introduced to the latest technology in port safety equipment displayed by the Port of Salalah. 

     Radar speed guns, solar-powered traffic safety cones, and unique traffic safety bags were some of the up-to-date safety equipment that was demonstrated to the attendees by the port’s HSE department representatives. The port’s employees also delivered presentations in first-aid, firefighting and traffic safety to select groups of students and government visitors. 

     “It is crucial for industry representatives in safety to show the tools and access to safety technology to the public in a positive way. Getting the youth involved in the shaping of the future of safety is what this field always needs. We’re proud that Port of Salalah plays a very active role in collaborating with government, educational and private sectors as an extension of the safety culture that’s deployed within the port,” said Ahmed Akaak, Acting CEO at the Port of Salalah. 

     The HSE department at the Port of Salalah has consistently offered free trainings to local companies, schools and non-government universities in an effort to communicate its viewpoint on safety ownership being everyone’s responsibility, that working safely is a condition of employment, and that all work related injuries and illnesses are preventable. 

     Following the Traffic Safety exhibition, the port’s HSE department also conducted a complimentary training to 16 employees from Marriott Resort in Mirbat on first aid and safety training at end February. This month the department has confirmed its participation in the GCC Road Safety Week exhibitions that will take part in Salalah.  

     “Participating in these demonstrations is a great example of what safety should be – it’s not only about rules, but about innovations and overall benefit to the community,” added Mohammed al Maashani, Senior Manager HSE at the Port of Salalah. 

     Caption: Ali Tabook, HSE Support at the Port of Salalah, mans the traffic safety stall 

  • Port of Salalah has been announced the first port in the world to have succeeded in meeting requirements set by the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) consulting body and officially kickoff a four-year journey towards a completely efficient, zero-breakdown port.

    In a celebration kickoff attended by Port of Salalah’s management and 70 initial TPM team members, twelve model machine team leaders presented how they tackled the poorest of each major machine at the container terminal, for instance, a crane with a monthly average of 14 failures or more than 300 abnormalities.

    “When our Process Excellence team first introduced the target of zero breakdowns it seemed impossible. After rolling out TPM we proved that zero breakdowns is possible and achievable through teamwork between departments.  This means culture change and understanding of operators to take ownership of their equipment,” said Mustafa Al Balushi, TPM Manager at the Port of Salalah.

    To reach the crucial kickoff milestone, the teams were expected to show how the TPM framework was applied to the port’s machines to achieve zero breakdowns and sustained over a period of no less than five months. Transforming the six model machines from having the highest breakdown frequency to zero breakdowns was achieved within a total of ten months. In effect, total average breakdowns were reduced by 72% while mean time between failures was increased by 223%.

    Originating in Japan by Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance, TPM is based on an eight pillar framework which aims to achieve zero breakdowns, zero accidents and zero defects. “We are very pleased to confirm that Port of Salalah is the first port in the world to reach this achievement and wish the team continued success in this initiative,” said Abdul Wadood, TPM Consultant at Confederation of Indian Industries TPM Club India.

    “We were able to reach to this milestone because of high commitment from our teams towards continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, and working as one team between all departments in the organization to achieve best standards in workplace safety and productivity,” said Abdellatif Reghif, Head of Process Excellence at the Port of Salalah, adding, “this would not have been possible without the drive and exemplary leadership that is taking place here inside the terminal and making waves throughout our network. Today we have visitors from ports all over the world coming here to see how we achieved this milestone.”

    Ahmed Akaak, Acting CEO at the Port of Salalah, said during his speech, “We are very proud that Port of Salalah is the frontrunner for the TPM initiative being rolled out at within the extensive APM Terminals worldwide network of ports. This is a journey that will take a few years to implement correctly, and we are confident that we have the talent, experience and tools that will ensure that Salalah is the first port in the world to feature zero breakdowns at its state of the art terminal.”

    Having successfully passed the pilot phase, the TPM team at Port of Salalah has now expanded to include 200 port employees, and will tackle 50 of the port’s major machines across more departments including the general cargo terminal and the marine department.

    TPM Salalah has adopted its own logo and tagline to inspire the port’s departments across operations, engineering, marine and maintenance. The logo is in part a requirement set by the JIPM TPM Deployment approach and requires that each company implementing TPM to create a logo which represents teamwork, the industry of the company, and the cogs of machinery. “We involved the team leaders on the ground to ensure that the slogan ‘Care, Excel, Win’ captures precisely what our internal customers need to know, do and feel about TPM,” said Hala Srouji, GM Corporate Communications at the Port of Salalah.

  • Port of Salalah invests in health, safety essentials

    Port of Salalah has always given paramount importance to promoting a safe working environment both at the company grounds and in all public and private domains, as the company considers good health, safety and environment practices as an investment rather than cost.

    The company's Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) department has ended the year with a string of volunteer trainings, giveaways and achievements that have promoted the port's best practices within the community and its employees.

    A testimony of Port of Salalah's stringent policy on safety and environment is recent accomplishment of 177 working days, equivalent to 3.5 million man hours, with no accidents or injuries, breaking its previous record of 170 working days with no LTI last set in 2012.

    Earlier this month the Port of Salalah announced that it would extend private medical insurance coverage to all its employees, thereby incorporating all Omani employees under the company's medical insurance scheme, reflecting the company's great concern and investment in employee health, safety, and wellbeing as a main priority at all times.

    As part of its concern for community wellbeing, the HSE department has also volunteered in training 24 newly recruited lab technicians at the Directorate General of Education in the Dhofar governorate on the basics of firefighting this month. The comprehensive training lasted a full day with exercises and theory given to the engaged participants, as knowing the essentials of firefighting helps to make a difference first and foremost to the lives of people.

    With road safety being the primary safety concern in Oman's community, road safety emergency tool bags were recently distributed to all the port's employees with vehicles. While receiving their auto emergency kits employees were invited to sign a pledge to drive safely in 2014 and by end of December over 400 signatures have been collected.

    Port of Salalah is constantly investing towards a sustainable, healthy and eco-conscious business through the measurement of its carbon footprint, adoption of green technologies and implementation of waste management practices. This year the port has installed solar powered speed signs as a pilot project towards investing in further solar powered technologies in 2014.

    Three major recycling initiatives implemented in 2013 included plastic bottle recycling with association with neighboring plastics manufacturer OCTAL, as well as reusing the port's empty oil drums as plant and tree holders, and reusing old tires as safety indicators at the yard.

    "Our company has to maintain its world-class asset status through the vigilance and care of its employees, and in turn our employees need to feel that they are being taken care of by the company, so we constantly remind our people of our aim to be one of the safest and most environment-friendly ports in the world to achieve this standard," said Mohammed Al-Maashani, HSE Senior Manager at the Port of Salalah.

  • Port of Salalah has responded to a fire onboard a fishing vessel BAEK YUNG 29 that occurred at approximately 0300 on 28 October, 2013 while berthed at the port.

    The port authority has responded with all possible assistance in firefighting on both land and sea, though fire trucks and specialized firefighting equipment aboard harbor tug vessels. Response teams from government sides were also on site.

    Despite efforts to extinguish the flames, the vessel was towedout of the port's harbor waters to prevent risk or damage to other vessels docked at the port. Operations at the port were ongoing as usual and not impacted by the incident. At approximately 1130 the vessel capsized outside the port area.

    All crew members aboard the vessel were able to evacuate safely and there are no reported casualties. The cause of the fire isexpected to show electrical conduction from equipment onboard the vessel.

    The company is meeting with the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard and concerned officials to support investigations and clean-up efforts.

    ميناء صلالة يستجيب لنداء طوارئ من سفينة صيد إندلعت فيها النيران

    إستجاب ميناء صلالة لنداء طوارئ من سفينة الصيد (بايك يونغ 29) التي إندلعت فيها النيران بالساعة الثالثة من فجر اليوم 28 أكتوبر 2013 أثناء رسوها عند رصيف الميناء.

    هرعت سلطة الميناء لتقديم المساعدة اللازمة لإطفاء الحريق أرضاً وبحراً وسارعت سيارات الإطفاء ومعدات مكافحة الحريق المتوفرة في زورق القطر. كما حضرت فرق من الدوائر الحكومية المختصة للإستجابة لنداء الطوارئ فوراً.

    على الرغم من الجهود التي بذلت لإخماد النيران، تم سحب السفينة خارج مياه المرفأ لمنع إمتداد النيران الى السفن الأخرى الراسية. من الجدير بالذكر أن عمليات الميناء إستمرت دون توقف وفق جداول العمل المقررة لها ولم تتأثر بالحادث. بالساعة 11:30 تقريباً غرقت السفينة خارج منطقة الميناء.

    تمكن جميع أفراد طاقم السفينة من مغادرتها بسلام ولم يتم التبليغ عن أي إصابات. ومن المتوقع أن يكون سبب الحريق تماس كهربائي في المعدات التي كانت موجودة على ظهر السفينة.

    مازال مسؤولون مختصون في الميناء يجتمعون مع شرطة خفر السواحل والجهات المختصة الأخرى لغرض تقديم الدعم اللازم لإجراء التحقيقات بالموضوع والمشاركة بجهود التنظيف.

  • Port of Salalah has received 14 students from Salalah's universities and colleges as part of its summer internship program which has been sustained each year from 2002until 2013 as part of the company's commitment to investing and training local talent.

    In a celebration held recently at the port, presided by Ahmed Akaak, Acting CEO of the Port of Salalah, three of the 14 interns were awarded for top research presentations which were delivered in front of the managers, officials and specialists attending the ceremony.

    The summer internship program is managed by the Training Department at the port which coordinates with the neighboring educational institutions to set high qualification standards, as well as with the port's internal departments to ensure that the interns make the most of their training period through exposure, mentorship and information-sharing.

    The Port of Salalah's annual comprehensive internship program for students includes an induction on the port profile and safety training, courtesy insurance, and a proportional salary for service during the 2-month training, among other benefits.

    The summer internship program began at the Port of Salalah in 2002 to provide on-job training exposure and experience to the growing population of the Dhofar region's higher education students. Over 150 students have taken part since the start of the port's summer internship program.

  • Port of Salalah has been ranked sixth top transshipment port globally and 18th top port globally, as well as high positions in a number of categories in the Europe/Middle East/Africa geographic class, in a 'breakthrough' JOC Group study on port productivity released this month.

    In the Europe/Middle East/Africa geography, Port of Salalah has been ranked third top port and seventh among top container terminals, placing the Sultanate of Oman next to the United Arab Emirates and underlining Salalah's regional position among the busiest and most influential ports for trade.

    "It's important for all of our employees, customers, government partners and stakeholders to see tangible results and evidence that Port of Salalah is a world-class port that invests in its people, productivity and especially service," said Ahmed Akaak, acting-CEO of Port of Salalah, adding, "We are expressly proud of our employees, particularly those operating the machinery at the terminals and those who have grown with the port since its inception 15 years ago, and who have gone the extra mile to improve safety, customer service and efficiency."

    The JOC Group has spent over five years in collecting and analyzing new data from 600 terminals at 400 ports and 17 global shipping lines, in an effort to produce the first report which focused on berth productivity – a measurement of the speed at which container ships are unloaded, loaded and sent back to sea – rather than the traditional comparison of world ports based on volumes.

    Upgrades in productivity and efficiency have been steadily improving at the Port of Salalah, in part due to a company-wide Process Excellence (PEX) culture launched over two years ago, which has tracked and improved a number productivity measurements around machinery and operation turnaround. Berth and crane productivity have increased by double digits this year, while truck and gate turnaround times have been slashed by half, among other developments. Also, earlier this year the Port of Salalah has commenced container terminal gate procedures on Fridays at no additional cost to customers, in order to improve its services for local businesses utilizing the port.

    However the Port of Salalah has been a busy port since its inception, owing to its strategic location aside the major Asia-Europe shipping trade lane and equidistant to the fast growth markets of Eastern Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf, and foundation as a joint-venture investment between the Government of Oman and APM Terminals, one of the world's leading port operating groups.

    The JOC study also featured a number of APM Terminals ports rankings in leading positions, including APM Terminals Yokohama (Japan) which held the number one position globally in productivity at 150 moves per hour (mph) while handling 875,000 TEUs in 2012. In comparison, the Port of Salalah achieved a productivity of 72 mph while handling 3.62 million TEUs in 2012.

    APM Terminals Rotterdam, one of the busiest terminals in Europe, handling 2.5 million TEUs in 2012, ranked 14th globally with 92 mph and first in the Europe/Middle East/Africa top terminals category. APM Terminals Mumbai, India's busiest container terminal in 2012 with 1.96 million TEUs handled, ranked 6th globally overall, while in the Americas geographic region, APM Terminals Port Elizabeth, ranked second with 82 mph having terminal handled 1.1 million TEUs in 2012.

    The study, which was prepared by the well-known US-based JOC Group, which includes the Journal of Commerce, and the PIERs data service, noted that terminal efficiency has become an increasingly important aspect in shipping lines' operations. The study notes that schedule integrity and fuel costs have become much more significant factors in achieving customer satisfaction as well as a healthy bottom line.

    About the Port of Salalah

    Port of Salalah (also Salalah Port Services Company SAOG) is Oman's largest port. The Port of Salalah combined with the Salalah Free Zone and Salalah Airport form an ideal location for value-add and distribution services that can take advantage of the excellent liner connectivity offering over 3000 vessel calls annually and sea-air logistics through the Salalah Airport, just 15 minutes away from the port. The adjacent Free Zone offers zero corporate tax for 30 years and 100% foreign ownership possibilities, where customers enjoy the benefit of the US/Oman Free Trade Agreement that provides zero or low import duties between countries. Foreign Direct Investment into the Salalah Hub is valued at US$ 3.5 billion in 2012, with leaders in bulk goods (cement, minerals, lime, grain and agriculture, methanol and liquid, building material), manufacturing (PET plastics, auto components, garments, auto components,) and logistic companies choosing Salalah for production and supply chain efficiency.

    Port of Salalah has risen to a rank amongst the world's top 20 container ports and has broken the world record for productivity twice. The port has also won local and international awards in economic development, health and safety, innovation and environmental initiatives. The port is partly owned and managed by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.

  • Port of Salalah disclosure to Muscat Securities Market

    Salalah Port Services SAOG has recently disclosed to its shareholders through the Muscat Securities Market and the general public of the resignation of Mr. Peter Ford, CEO of the company, and the proceeding representation of Mr. Ahmed Akaak (Deputy CEO) as acting CEO, who will lead the company until a suitable candidate for replacement is identified.

    In an official statement, Mr. Ali Mohammed Redha, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salalah Port Services SAOG, thanked Mr. Ford for his contribution to the company.

  • Port of Salalah and Virginia International Terminals have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently which will see the ports closely cooperating in areas of business development and knowledge sharing.

    The alliance aims to draw further investment at the ports and appeal to investors and businesses to utilize the incentives provided by the US-Oman free trade agreement (FTA), which was introduced in 2009. The wide-ranging agreement allows investors to generate export opportunities, strengthen intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, and bolster the investment climate in Oman.

    "Our ports have complementary assets, both in current trade arrangements and geographical positioning, and through this MoU the Port of Salalah and Virginia International Terminals have agreed to explore initiatives to develop these current trade links and connections," said Peter Ford, CEO of Port of Salalah, in a comment on the ceremony.

    Salalah's free zone has seen a number of businesses set up to benefit from the US-Oman FTA, strategic location and connectivity to reach inland US markets as well as the emerging markets in close proximity to Salalah. Most recently, USG-Zawawi Drywall LLC, a gypsum locator joint-venture project between American and Omani establishments, has positioned itself at Salalah, while OCTAL has been using Salalah's connectivity to the US east coast for over 5 years to extend its position as the largest PET resin manufacturer in the Middle East.

    Russell Held, Deputy Executive Director of Development at Virginia International Terminals, said, "Our goal with this MOU is to share operational best practices, jointly market our good service connectivity, take advantage of the US-Oman FTA and drive investment and business growth on both ends of the supply chain."

    "This is an important relationship to cultivate because of Salalah's strategic location," Held added, saying, "The Middle East and Indian sub-continent are important markets for us, and the Suez trade route to and from Asia continues to grow in importance to the Port of Virginia."

    Due to its strategic location that is equidistant from emerging economies in the Indian subcontinent, East Africa and MENA/GCC markets, Salalah provides businesses with the advantage of speedy access to both high-growth and developed markets via the Asia-Europe trade lane, as well as three direct connections to the US eastern coast. The Port of Salalah offers the fastest transit times from the Arabian Gulf to the United States, including to Port of Norfolk in Virginia.

  • Port of Salalah has recently welcomed its namesake the APL Salalah, one of the largest container ships in the world, in an exclusive ceremony attended by H.E. Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan Al Busaid, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, along with senior government and commercial representatives, and a number of the port's management group.

    The ceremony was held in recognition of the 10 years of partnership between APL and the Port of Salalah, and the esteem which has been accorded to Salalah and the Sultanate of Oman, in naming one of the largest container vessels in the world after the city. APL is among the most internationally recognized companies in global container transportation with over 160 years of operations in global shipping.

    During a guided tour of the APL Salalah, H.E. Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud Al Busaid said, "Long-standing business partnerships such as this demonstrated today between APL and Salalah provides for the mechanism needed to diversify and advance the country's economic development. Throughout history and until today the world's commodities are most often transported by sea, and Salalah's mega-port has supported in positioning Oman on the global stage by providing a progressive hub for manufacturing and distribution."

    The recently launched APL Salalah is capable of carrying 10,700 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units). At 347 meters long, APL Salalah is three and a half times the length of a football pitch.

    The APL Salalah connects China and Europe, and calls the Port of Salalah both east-and west-bound on a regular basis. APL utilizes Salalah to offer their customers the shortest direct route from the region to connect business to the major Europe-Asia trade lane and with the major markets of the world.

    "Over the past 10 years, APL has witnessed tremendous progress in the Port of Salalah as it developed into a world-class transshipment hub in the West Central Asia region," said Jason Wong, APL Regional President for South Asia. "In naming our container ship APL Salalah, we are proud to be associated with this port-city and we look forward to many more years of fruitful collaboration with our business partners here."

    Senior representatives from the Chambers of Commerce in Muscat and in Salalah and major businesses utilizing the Port of Salalah were among dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony. In an address to the crowd, Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO at the Port of Salalah, said, "We have tied together the best of what Oman has to offer, serving world markets from a strategic hub. Solid infrastructure and connectivity, combined with our value-driven operations has enabled the company to grow over 600% since its operations began 15 years ago."

    Port of Salalah is among the top transshipment ports globally and receives an average of 5-6 container vessels daily, and handles an average of over 10,000 containers and 20,000 metric tons of bulk cargo a day, translating annually into over 3.6 million TEU and 7.2 million tons of bulk cargo.

    For a list of the largest containerships in the world, please see

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_container_ships

    ميناء صلالة يحتفل بإستقبال السفينة (أي. بي. أل صلالة) وبمرور 10 سنوات من العلاقات التجارية مع شركة أي بي أل

    بحضور معالي السيد محمد بن سلطان بن حمود البوسعيدي الموقر، وزير الدولة ومحافظ ظفار وعدد من مسؤولي الدولة والقطاع التجاري إضافة الى مدراء دوائر الميناء إستقبل ميناء صلالة بإحتفال مهيب السفينة التي تحمل بكل إعتزاز إسم (أي بي أل صلالة)، والتي تعد واحدة من أكبر سفن الحاويات بالعالم .

    أقيم الإحتفال بمناسبة مرور 10 سنوات على الشراكة بين ميناء صلالة وشركة (أي بي أل)، وتقديراً لهم لإطلاق إسم صلالة على واحدة من أكبر سفن الحاويات في العالم. وتعد شركة أي بي أل من بين أشهر شركات نقل الحاويات العالميةويعود تأريخها في صناعة الشحن البحري لأكثر من 160 سنة.

    وبهذه المناسبة قال معالي السيد محمد بن سلطان بن حمود البوسعيدي الموقر أثناء جولته في السفينة، " أن الشراكة الوطيدة بين شركة أي بي أل وميناء صلالة تساهم في دفع الآلية المطلوبة لتنويع الإقتصاد الوطني الى الأمام، وكما هو معلوم عبر التاريخ وحتى يومنا هذا فإن الشحن البحري هو الوسيلة الرئيسية لنقل البضائع حول العالم، وقد ساهم ميناء صلالة بموقعه الإستراتيجي المميز من وضع موانئ السلطنة بمصاف موانئ العالم بإعتباره مركزاً للتصنيع والتوزيع "

    يبلغ طول السفينة (أي. بي. أل. صلالة APL Salalah )، 347 متراًوتبلغ طاقتها 10,700 حاوية نمطية. وهذا الطول يعادل 3 مرات ونصف طول ملعب كرة قدم. ومن الجدير بالذكر أنها تعد أكبر سفن أسطول الشركة في الوقت الراهن.

    سوف تعمل سفينة (أي. بي. أل. صلالة) على المحور الذي يربط الصين بأوروبا، وسوف تزور صلالة آياباً وذهاباً، حيث تستغل هذه الشركة صلالة لتقديم اقصر المسارات المباشرة حيث أنها (صلالة) تعد عصباً مركزياً يقع على خطوط الشحن البحري الرئيسة بين آسيا وأوروبا، وأسواق العالم الكبرى.

    "لقد شهدت شركة أي بي أل حصول تطورٍ ملموس بميناء صلالة خلال السنوات العشر المنصرمة"، هذا ما صرح به الفاضل جيسون وونغ، رئيس أي. بي. أل. الإقليمي لجنوب آسيا ، والذي أضاف قائلاً، "وقد تطور الميناء وأصبح مركزاً لإعادة الشحن من الطراز العالمي في وسط آسيا وغربها. ونحن فخورون بإطلاق تسمية (أي بي ال صلالة) على واحدة من سفن الشركة لأن ذلك يجعلنا مترابطين ومتوافقين ونتطلع الى تعاون مثمر مع شركائنا في السنوات القادمة."

    شارك في هذا الإحتفال كبار الشخصيات من غرفة تجارة وصناعة عمان في مسقط وصلالة وعدد من ممثلي الشركات الكبرى التي تستثمر ميناء صلالة لأعمالها التجارية والصناعية، وفي كلمته التي ألقاها على الحضور، قال الفاضل أحمد بن علي عكعاك، نائب الرئيس التنفيذي للشركة، "لقد سخرنا أفضل ما يمكن أن تقدمه السلطنة في سبيل خدمة الأسواق العالمية من مركز صلالة الإستراتيجي. لقد مكنتنا البنى التحتية المتينة، وقابلية الميناء كعصب مفصلي في حركة الخطوط الملاحية سوية مع الإعتبارات المادية والمعنوية للعمليات من تنمية العمل بنسبة 600% منذ إنطلاق العمليات قبل حوالي 15 عاما."

    من الجدير بالذكر أن ميناء صلالة يعد من بين أفضل موانئ إعادة الشحن في العالم، إذ أنه يستقبل 5 – 6 سفن حاويات يومياً، ويناول 10 الآف حاوية نمطية و20 ألف طن من البضائع العامة باليوم الواحد، وهذه الأرقام تترجم الى 3,6 مليون حاوية نمطية و 7,2 مليون طن من البضائع السائبة سنوياً.

  • Port of Salalah has hosted over 200 students from government schools to a unique tour of Oman's largest port and among the busiest container ports in the region.

    Throughout April the port has conducted educational boat tours to the students aged 13-15, to demonstrate the dynamics of world trade from the once-in-a-lifetime experience of being in a tugboat as it sails by gigantic container, cargo and cruise ships.

    The students also toured various offices and functions across Operations, Container Planning, Information Technology, Security, Marine, and Training while meeting Omani employees at all levels of the company. These department visits put into perspective the complexity and size of the port operations, but more essentially, helped to open new horizons on career paths that were in demand.

    "Educating the new generation and providing the opportunity to visit the biggest project in the area is seen as both a responsibility and a long-time investment for the Port of Salalah. We regard these youth as the business entrepreneurs of the future, who are not only future employees of the port, but future customers, suppliers and partners in the port's growth," said Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO at the Port of Salalah.

    The Port of Salalah is a key economic enabler for the southern governorate of Dhofar and for the nation: the port handles over 300,000 containers per month – over 10,000 containers daily – as well as a 0.6 million tons of dry bulk and liquid cargos per month.

    ميناء صلالة يستضيف أكثر من 200 طالب وطالبة بجولات بحرية

    إستضاف ميناء صلالة في رحابه 200 طالبأ وطالبةً من طلاب المدارس الحكومية ووفر لهم جولات بحرية ترفيهية ولتعريفهم بطبيعة أعمال الميناء الذي يعد أكبر موانئ السلطنة وأكثر موانئ الحاويات زخماً في المنطقة.

    في شهر أبريل الماضي إصطحب المعنيون بالميناء الطلاب الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 13 – 15 عاماً بجولة في زوارق القطر من أجل مشاهدة أساليب عمل التجارة الدولية والإطلاع عن كثب على سفن الحاويات العملاقة وسفن البضائع والسفن السياحية وهي تدخل الى الميناء وتخرج منه.

    من جانب آخر، إطلع الطلاب على دوائر الميناء المختلفة وطبيعة العمل فيها، ومنها دوائر العمليات، والتخطيط، وتقنية المعلومات، والسلامة، والملاحة البحرية، والتدريب، كما إلتقوا بالموظفين العمانيين من كافة المستويات في مجمل أرجاء الشركة. وقد ساهمت الزيارات بتعريف الطلاب بطبيعة الأعمال الميناء وتعقيداتها وحجومها، والأهم من ذلك كله، فتحت أمامهم الآفاق للتعرف على المسارات الوظيفية التي يمكن للإنسان أن يتطلع اليها مستقبلا.

    بهذه المناسبة، قال الفاضل أحمد بن علي عكعاك، نائب الرئيس التنفيذي، "نحن نرى إن تثقيف أجيال المستقبل ومنحهم الفرص لزيارة أكبر مشروع في المنطقة يعد مسؤولية كما نراها إستثماراً للمستقبل. فنحن ننظر الى هؤلاء الشباب ليس فقط على أساس أنهم سيكونون موظفي الميناء، بل أصحاب الأعمال والمشاريع المستقبلية، وأنهم عملاء الشركة ومورديها وشركائنا في تنمية الميناء وتطويره."

    يعد ميناء صلالة المحرك الإقتصادي الرئيسي في محافظة ظفار وللوطن برمته، حيث أنه قادر على مناولة 300 الف حاوية شهرياً، اي ما يقارب من 10 الآف حاوية يوميا، إضافة الى مناولة 0.6 مليون طن من البضائع الجافة والسائلة شهرياً.

    • Salalah Growth Plans the Topic of Fejfer Visit
    • Partnership in Omani logistics infrastructure and economic stimulus reinforced while on tour of the region
    • Key meetings with Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Ali Sunaidi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning, Sultan Al Habsi

    A.P. Moller-Maersk Executive Board Member Kim Fejferhas visited senior members of the Omani government last week with a delegation representing APM Terminals, as the company's partnership in Omani logistics infrastructure and economic development was the key topic of discussion in meetings with the Minister of Commerce and Industry Dr. Ali Sunaidi, and the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Planning, Sultan Al Habsi.

    "Under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman is creating exciting new opportunities as a high-growth market at a key crossroads of global trade," noted Mr. Fejfer, adding, "through our partnership at the Port of Salalah, we havebeen able to share our expertise in port development and operations andcontribute tothis period of transformation and economic progress for the people of Salalah and Oman."

    Container traffic at the Port of Salalah has grown over 600% through the collaboration of A.P. Moller-Maersk and the Omani government since the start of operations in November 1998 to 2012.

    Port of Salalah is astride the primary east-west shipping lane linking Europe and Asia and also holds a strategic position for shipping lines serving the upper Arabian Gulf, Indian sub-continent Red Sea and East African markets.

    One of the key topics on the agenda was to enable the addition of three million TEU to the capacity of the port, which is currently at five million TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit), as Port of Salalah continues to be a main port of call for some of the busiest and largest shipping firms, including the Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line, two of the biggest global carriers.

    Primarily a transshipment port at present, the Port of Salalah is enhancing cargo linkages through air, road and rail networks, as over US$3.5 billion has been invested by industries in the adjacent Salalah Free Zone to become a hub for the region's general cargo trade and cruise traffic as well.

    The Sultanate's non-oil exports increased by over 16% in 2012, which are indications of value-added growth to the diversification of Oman's economydriven by respective downstream investments. The level of vessel traffic between Salalah and east Africa has increased in 2012 and the port expects further trade between Salalah and the upper Arabian Gulf and Indian Subcontinent to grow this year.

    General cargo traffic at the Port of Salalah had grown by over 660% since 1998, with volume reaching 7.2 million tons in 2012 (6.5 million tons in 2011). With the port's general cargo terminal currently under development to triple capacity for dry and liquid shipments, the port is planning for even greater influence in Oman's future in the global logistic chain.

    The Port of Salalah is investing in new technologies and operational enhancement as part of an ongoing Process Excellence program which is serving customers which has improved efficiency and reduced costs associated with delays and congestion.

    "We are committed to our vision to be the port of choice for companies to connect their international trade, to delivering a higher level of service for our customers, and to improving the stewardship of our assets and resources at all times," said Mr. Peter Ford, CEO at Port of Salalah.

    As part of its master plan the Port of Salalah also aims to initiate the government tender process for a permanent cruise terminal, to serve the industry and support small to medium-size enterprises(SMEs) seeking to capture the number of tourists entering the port, which last year crossed 28,000 visitors. The port plans also support strategic food and fuel storage, as well as a 6,000square-meter "business incubator space" to allow for short-term leases for SMEsbeforeexpanding into a larger facility at the free zone, giving a chance to the local community to expand and trigger greater business volumes.

    APM Terminals holds a 30% share of the Port of Salalah, and manages the facility. The government of Oman holds a 20% share of the venture with 21% held by various institutional investors and 29% held by pension funds and private investors.

    آفاق التعاون بين حكومة السلطنة وميناء صلالة وشركة أي. بي. أم. لمحطات الحاويات

    ملامح من زيارة الفاضل كيم فايفر

    • خطط تطوير صلالة
    • تعزيز الشراكة في مجالات البنى التحتية اللوجستية

    قام الفاضل كيم فايفر، عضو مجلس إدارة شركة أي. بي. موللر ميرسك، بزيارة عدد من كبار الشخصيات في حكومة سلطنة عمان الموقرة في الثالث من أبريل 2013، وتأتي هذه الزيارة تعبيراً عن تعزيز أواصر الشراكة في مجالات البنى التحتية اللوجستية والتطويرات الإقتصادية في الوقت الذي يخطط فيه الميناء لمزيد من مشاريع التوسع وإستيعاب المشاريع التجارية والصناعية المتنامية.

    بهذه المناسبة قال الفاضل كيم فايفر، "تعمل السلطنة، تحت قيادة صاحب الجلالة السلطان قابوس بن سعيد، على إبتكار فرص جديدة ومثيرة في وقت تتعاظم فيه أهمية الأسواق عند مفترق طرق التجارة الدولية الرئيسي. بشراكتنا مع ميناء صلالة تمكنا من إيصال خبراتنا في تطوير الموانئ وعملياتها الى المواطنين وساهمنا خلال هذه الفترة من دفع مسيرة التحولات والتنمية الإقتصادية الى الأمام.

    لقد إزدادت حركة الحاويات في ميناء صلالة بنسبة 600% نتيجة تعاون شركة أي. بي. موللر ميرسك وحكومة السلطنة الموقرة منذ بدء العمليات في 1998 وحتى 2012

    يقع ميناء صلالة على مفترق الطرق الرئيسة لخطوط الشحن الملاحية ويعد عقدة مواصلات حيوية تربط بين أوروبا وآسيا، كما أنه موقع إستراتيجي لخطوط الشحن التي تقدم خدماتها الى أسواق الخليج العربي وشبه القارة الهندية والبحر الأحمر وشرق افريقيا.

    من المواضيع المهمة في جدول زيارة الفاضل فايفر هو النظر في إضافة 3 ملايين حاوية الى طاقة إستيعاب الميناء الحالية البالغة 5 ملايين حاوية. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن الميناء يعد الملاذ الرئيسي لأكثر خطوط الشحن الملاحية حركة وأكبرها حجماً، بما فيها شركة شحن البحر الأبيض المتوسط المعروفة بإسم MSC ، وشركة ميرسك للشحن الملاحي اللتان تعدان أكبر شركات العالم في هذا المجال.

    يعد ميناء صلالة في المقاوم الأول مركزاً لإعادة الشحن، حيث يتفاعل مع حركة شحن البضائع جواً وبراً وعبر شبكات سكك الحديد، حيث بلغت إستثمارات المشاريع التي تأسست وما زالت تتأسس في المنطقة الحرة بصلالة 3.5 مليار دولار، ومن المؤمل أن يصبح الميناء مركزاً حيوياً ليس للبضائع العامة في المنطقة وحسب بل للسفن السياحية أيضاً.

    في 2012 تجاوزت صادرات البضائع غير النفطية بنسبة 16%، ويعد هذا النوع من الصادرات مؤشراً عن نمو القيم المضافة التي تقود الى تنوع الإقتصاد العماني والى تنوع الإستثمارات في العديد من المجالات التجارية والصناعية. لقد تصاعدت حركة السفن بين صلالة وشرق أفريقيا في 2012، ويتوقع الميناء تزايد نمو الأعمال التجارية بين صلالة والخليج العربي وشبه القارة الهندية في هذا العام.

    إزدادت حركة البضائع العامة في الميناء بنسبة 660% منذ بدايتها في 1998 ولحد الآن، حيث بلغت حجوم العمل 7.2 مليون طن في 2012 (في 2011 كانت حجوم العمل 6.5 مليون طن). وبما أن مشاريع توسيع محطة البضائع العامة ستزيد من طاقتها الى ثلاثة أضعاف في مجال السوائل والبضائع الجافة، فأن الميناء يخطط لمستقبل باهر ومؤثر في سلسلة الإمداد والتموين اللوجستي العالمي.

    يستمثر ميناء صلالة حالياً في شراء تكنولوجيا جديدة وتعزيزات أخرى تتعلق بتطوير العمليات من أجل برنامج تفوق الأعمال الذي يصب في مصلحة الميناء من جهة ومصلحة عملاء الشركة من جهة ثانية عبر تحسين كفاءة الإنتاج وتقليل التكاليف المترتبة عن التأخير في العمل والزحام الذي يحصل في الميناء.

    "نحن ملتزمون بتحقيق تصوراتنا المستقبلية في أن يكون ميناء صلالة محط أنظارالشركات العالمية وأن يكون الميناء المختار لها من خلال مستوى الخدمات التي يقدمها لهم، حيث أننا نعمل على تطوير إدارة أصول الميناء وموارده تطويراً مستمراً،" هذا ما عبر به الفاضل بيتر فورد، الرئيس التنفيذي للميناء.

    من أهداف الميناء الرئيسة الأخرى الواردة في خطته العامة هو الشروع في طرح مناقصة إنشاء محطة للسفن السياحية لغرض دعم السياحة في السلطنة والمشاريع الصغيرة والمتوسطة الحجم، وهذا المشروع يستهدف الى توسيع صناعة السياحة حيث بلغ عدد السواح الذين دخلوا الميناء في العام الماضي 28 الف سائحاً. من جانب آخر يخطط الميناء إنشاء مستودعات إستراتيجية لتخزين الأغذية والأطعمة والوقود، إضافة الى إيجاد مساحة 6 متر مربع لأحتواء مشاريع صغيرة وكبيرة من خلال عقود أيجار قصيرة الأمد، قبل مباشرتها بتوسيع مشاريعها في المنطقة الحرة، والهدف من وراء ذلك منح الفرصة للمجتمع المحلي لزيادة أعمالهم التجارية والصناعية وتوسيعها.

    تمتلك شركة أي. بي. أم. لمحطات الحاويات نسبة 30% من أسهم شركة ميناء صلالة، وهي التي تتولى إدارة الميناء. في حين أن حصة الحكومة الموقرة من الأسهم هي 20%، وحصة مؤسسات إستثمارية أخرى تبلغ 21%، أما حصة صناديق التقاعد من الأسهم فهي 29%.

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    0080/0081 – (from left to right) Mr. Francois Delenclos (VP Business Development, APM Terminals), Mr. PederSondergaard (CEO AME Region, APM Terminals) Mr. Kim Fejfer (CEO APM Terminals) , Mr. Thomas Hougaard (Director Business Development AME Region, APM Terminals), Mr. Peter Ford (CEO, Port of Salalah), Mr. RamisMusallam (Operations Manager CT, Port of Salalah), Mr. Salim Masoud (Shift 2 Manager, Port of Salalah), Mr. Erik Sasz , (GM Container Terminal, Port of Salalah)

    0085 – Port of Salalah Container Terminal operations

    0075/0076 –Salalah management focused on delivering on its growth targets and plans

    About the Port of Salalah:

    Port of Salalah (also Salalah Port Services Company SAOG) is Oman's largest port. The port is partly owned and managed by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world. Port of Salalah is a made up of a Container Terminal with seven berths of up to 18m draft and a General Cargo Terminal of twelve berths of up to 16m draft. Strategically located at the major East-West Shipping Lane, the Port of Salalah is viewed as the region's best located port in order to access the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and East Africa.

    Port of Salalah has risen to a rank amongst the world's top 30 container ports and has broken the world record for productivity twice. The port has also won local and international awards in economic development, health and safety, innovation and environmental initiatives. In 2012 the Port of Salalah won the prestigious Containerisation International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and Green Champion by Oman Green Awards. Port of Salalah also reached a significant milestone marking its 30 millionth container handled at the portin its 14 years of operations.

  • Captains Mohammed Ojaili and Ali Barham are the first two local pilots in Salalah to receive an open tonnage pilot license, with another local talent, Captain Omar Al Khatiri, just one step away from open tonnage certification, allowing these talents to be handling the largest ships in the world that call at the naturally deepwater Port of Salalah. The company has invested consistently in the training of its local Omani pilots through a complete cycle of shore based and on-job training, reflecting on the overall drive and focus of the company's local talent-development program, which sees over 70% of its skilled positions filled by Omani employees.

    "Salalah is the only port in Oman to have trained its pilots from within the department and we are incredibly proud to be able to have developed our local talent in a way that provides a unique technical specialization to the country and community," said Peter Ford, CEO at Port of Salalah. The company's Local pilots have received external training for their STCW certification at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt. The pilots will shortly undergo the final pilot simulator training and certificate upgrading through Jordan Academy of Maritime Studies in Amman, Jordan.

    The success of developing the company's pilots is founded on its internal four-step licensing programon increasing vessel size and tonnage. The internal development program has been running for over four years and with a zero accident record to date.

    "This achievement highlights the ongoing effort of our senior expat Pilots who participate in the development of our locals. This is a culture at Port of Salalah that we continuously support and enhance, as it goes a long way in leveraging Omani leadership at every level in the company," added Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO at the port.

    Captain Ali Barham has been a long-time employee at the Port of Salalah, since its inception through the APM Terminal joint venture with the Omani government which took place in 1998, while Captain Mohammed Ojaili had joined the company in 2005 following his graduation. Both had stepped into their careers as pilots in 2008, which reflects the speed of success and training within four short years.

    The Port of Salalah has handled the world's largest container vessels (LOA of 400 meters), and in 2012 had received 1,737 container vessels in 2012, an average of 144 vessels each month or five container vessels per day, resulting in about 10 pilot moves. The port also handled 1478 vessels at the port's general cargo terminal throughout 2012.

    إحتضان المواهب المحلية مفتاح التنمية المستدامة

    يعد كل من القبطان محمد العجيلي والقبطان علي برهام أول قبطانين يحصلان على رخصة قيادة زوارق الإرشاد مفتوحة الحمولة في ميناء صلالة، ومن المؤمل أن يتبعهما القبطان عمر الكثيري الذي بات قاب قوسين أو أدنى من حصوله على الشهادة المذكورة التي تؤهلهم وتخولهم التعامل مع أكبر سفن العالم التي تزور الميناء الذي يعد من الموانئ المفتوحة على البحر وذو أعماقٍ طبيعية. وقد عملت الشركة على تدريب المرشدين العاملين في زوارق الإرشاد وإشراكهم بعدد من الدورات التي تتبنى التدريب في مواقع العمل، وهذا ما يعكس رؤية الشركة ودورها في تدريب المواطن العماني ضمن برنامج تدريب الكفاءات الذي نتج عنه تعيين عمانيين ليشغلوا ما نسبته 70% من المناصب التي تتطلب كفاءات ومهارات تخصصية.

    بهذه المناسبة قال الفاضل بيتر فورد، الرئيس التنفيذي للميناء، "يعد ميناء صلالة الميناء الوحيد الذي دأب على تدريب قباطنة زوارق الإرشاد عبر إستثمار طاقات داخلية ونحن فخورون بقدراتنا التي ساهمت في تدريب كفاءات عمانية بطريقة تؤمن تخصصات فنية فريدة ليس الى الميناء فحسب، بل الى السلطنة كلها." لقد تلقى قباطنة زوارق الإرشاد العمانيين تدريباً نالوا من خلاله شهادة المَجْمَع العالمي لمعايير التدريب البحري وشهادة المراقب البحري لدى الأكاديمية العربية للعلوم والتكنلوجيا والنقل البحري بالإسكندرية- جمهورية مصر العربية. وسوف يخضع القباطنة الى تدريب ختامي على جهاز المحاكاة في الإكاديمية الأردنية للدراسات البحرية بالعاصمة عمّان – المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية.

    تستند عملية تطوير قباطنة زوارق الإرشاد في ميناء صلالة على برنامج مؤلف من 4 مراحل لتمكين القباطنة من الحصول على شهادة إرشاد السفن بعد تزايد حجوم السفن الزائرة للميناء وتعاظم حمولتها. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن برنامج التدريب المشار اليه قد إنطلق منذ 4 سنوات ولم تسجل أي حادثة فيه والحمد لله.

    من جانبه، أضاف الفاضل أحمد بن علي عكعاك، نائب الرئيس التنفيذي لميناء صلالة، "هذا الإنجاز إن دل على شيء فإنما يدل على الجهود التي يبذلها قباطنة زوارق الإرشاد من الوافدين الذين لم يدخروا وسعاً في سبيل تدريب العمانيين. وهذه هي ثقافة ميناء صلالة التي ندعمها ونساندها من أجل إستفادة الكادر العماني على كافة الأصعدة والمستويات في الشركة."

    لقد مضى على تعين القبطان علي برهام في ميناء صلالة مدة طويلة منذ بدء العمليات في 1998 وبعد توقيع الإتفاقية مع شركة أي بي أم لمحطات الحاويات، أما القبطان محمد العجيلي فقد إلتحق بالشركة في 2005 بعد تخرجه من الأكاديمية. وقد باشر كلاهما عملهما قباطنة في زوارق الإرشاد في 2008، وهذا ما يعكس سرعة نجاح التدريب خلال السنوات الأربع.

    يستقبل ميناء صلالة أكبر سفن الحاويات بالعالم والتي يبلغ طولها 400 متراً. ففي عام 2012 إستقبل 1,737 سفينة حاويات، اي بمعدل 144 شهرياً، أو يمكن القول أنه يستقبل 5 سفن في اليوم الواحد، وهذا ما يستدعي تحرك زوارق الإرشاد لعشر مرات في اليوم. كما إستقبل الميناء 1,478 سفينة في محطة البضائع العامة في العام المذكور.

  • In 2012, the Port of Salalah achieved an increase of over 13% in container volume with a reduction of over 50% in injury accidents. In 2013, the company continues to strive to eliminate any incident of injury or damage from our operations.

    On March 4, 2013, an asset damage incident took place resulting in 10 damaged containers. Due to the strict processes that separate staff and equipment, there were no human injuries at the site. The company's management is investigating the root cause that led to the RTG (Rubber Tyre Gantry) crane to drive into the stationary containers.

    Port of Salalah places a significant emphasis on safety of its people and the safety investigation will lead to key safety learning points that are shared throughout the company's departments.

    The cargo in the containers, plastic raw material, poses no danger to the environment or health of employees. Immediately the undamaged cargo was reloaded for the customer into new containers. The company is in direct contact with the customers and insurance departments to follow all appropriate measures.

    The company is invested in its overall safety record and operations at the port. The management of the company welcomes inquiries from all its stakeholder groups and requests that they be directed to the appropriate management and to direct public company news to the GM Corporate Communications at hala.srouji@salalahport.com or info@salalahport.com .

    نود إفادتكم بأن ميناء صلالة حقق زيادة بحجوم الحاويات في عام 2012 تجاوزت 13%، وفي الوقت ذاته وبجهود الإدارة في تحقيق عوامل السلامة ومتابعتها في أرجاء الميناء تقلصت نسبة الحوادث المؤدية الى إصابات باكثر من 50%. و في عام 2013، قد زادت تواصل الشركة وتركيزها على السلامة للحد من حصول الإصابات أو الحوادث في العمليات.

    قد حصل في الرابع من مارس 2013 حادث أدى الى وقوع أضرار بعشر حاويات فقط من غير اي إصابات بشرية وذلك نتيجة للتعليمات الصارمة بشأن إبعاد القوة العاملة عن مواقع المعدات. باشرت الإدارة بالتحقيق في الحادث مباشرة لتقصي الأسباب التي ادت الى إصطدام رافعة جسرية (آر تي جي) بعمود من الحاويات. ومن المؤمل أن تقود نتائج التحقيق الى دروس رئيسية سوف تعمم على جميع دوائر الشركة من أجل تحقيق سلامة الجميع.

    كانت الحاويات المتضررة تحوي على مواد بلاستك خام، وهذه المادة لا تشكل خطراً على صحة العاملين في الميناء أو على البيئة. وقد إتخذوا الموظفين إجراءات فورية للتحكم ب الضرر والإتصال المباشر مع الزبائن المعنية ودوائر التامين لغرض إتخاذ الإجراءات المناسبة.

    نثمن الإهتمام بمبادئ السلامة وتطبيقاتها في كل عمليات الميناء . في حالة وجود أي إستفسار نرجو الإتصال بالمدراء المعنيين في الميناء و الإتصال بمدير الإتصالات قبل نشر أخبار الشركة العمومية.

  • Port of Salalah has published its audited financial results for the year 2012 to the Muscat Securities Market on March 4, 2013 in line with the disclosure requirements of the bourse. The same was published in local English and Arabic newspapers on March 5.

    http://www.msm.gov.om//pages/default.aspx?c=251&id=233&st=1

    The Board of Directors of the company has proposed a dividend distribution of 25% subject to approval of the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held on March 27th, 2013.

    قد أعلنت شركة ميناء صلالة عن النتائج المالية المدققة لعام 2012 وصرحت بتلك النتائج الى الهيئة العامة لوسق مسقط للاوراق المالية. كما أُعلنت النتائج بالصحف المحلية باللغتين العربية والإنكليزية بتاريخ 5 مارس 2013.

    (الرابط http://www.msm.gov.om//pages/default.aspx?c=251&id=233&st=1 )

    لقد إقترح مجلس إدارة الشركة توزيع أرباح بنسبة 25% وسوف يتخذ القرار بشأن هذا الموضوع من قبل المساهمين في إجتماع الجمعية العمومية بتاريخ 27 مارس 2013.

  • Port of Salalah has lent administrative support in the interest of good worker and employee relations to the election process of the company's Union Administrative Authority (UAA) and registration of the General Assembly (union) members last week.

    875 employees at Port of Salalah have registered with the union for the upcoming four year period, of which approximately 85% are Omani nationals and the remaining 15% expatriate employees, to elect the leadership structure of the UAA from a band of 11 Omani candidates, in accordance with the legal framework for the establishment of trade unions in the Sultanate of Oman.

    The Port of Salalah, currently the largest private sector employer in the Dhofar region with over 2200 employees, has since its start of operations in 1999 taken an active approach in supporting the organization employee representative bodies as a resource for facilitating communication between the employer and the employee, having formed the first representative body in the year 2000. Following the amendment to Oman's Labor Law in 2006 to formalize the establishment of trade unions in Oman, the first official union body was elected at the port in 2009, which served its four year duration until 2012.

    Under a climate of enthusiasm and hope for the new UAA to achieve common goals for the organization and the employees, the current round of elections lasted for two days following a thorough period for staff members to enroll and campaign.

    The elections were attended by Masoud bin Ali Jaaboub, head of the trade union organizations at the Dhofar governorate office for the Ministry of Manpower, who said that the Port of Salalah union was the largest and most organized in the province, while praising the role of the administration's organizing committee for the transparency in its registration, nomination and screening process. Jaaboub said that the active approach reflected in the administration's awareness and interest in the formation of its union would reflect on stronger industrial relations and held it as a model for companies to follow.

    The new UAA members that were elected by majority are: Salim Masoud Ali Bait Said, Zeyad Ahmed Salim Al-Marhoon, Khalid Salim Ali Jaboob, Said Mahad Musallam Bait Said, Musallam Said Ahmed Tabook, Ali Salim Ali Al-Jahfali, and Salim Said Musallam Al Kathiri.

    Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO at the Port of Salalah, said, "The vital role ahead of the new union administrative authority demands a lot of work to ensure the interests of the employees are cared for and followed up continuously while coordinating between the staff and management of the company. At the administrative level at the Port of Salalah we put a lot of emphasis on providing the support that can help to facilitate the work and duty ahead of the union authority towards the employees and the organization, and we praise all the efforts made in this regard."

    Commenting on the election process, the head of the election organizing committee and member of the port's Human Resources department, Hind Jumaan Hubais, said that the focus on legal procedures and that the employees were in full exercise of their electoral rights were the factors resulting in the election's success and employee credibility. Hubais also underlined the support from the members of the organizing committee in delivering on the successful regulation.

    Former president of the port's UAA, Ahmed bin Salim Al Amri, said that the new union authority was picking up from the previous unions' success and results that were achieved from an era of dialogue and sound negotiations. Al Amri also thanked the former members for their hard work and wished the new members future achievements.

    عملت السلطنه على استكمال منظومه الدوله وارساء نظام القانون الذي يكفل كافة الحقوق للمواطن والمقيم على ارض السلطنة ومنها قانون العمل العماني .وكانت السلطنه اتبعت سياسه التدرج في التمثيل العمالي على مراحل ثلاث ، الاولى هي الهيئات التمثيليه والمرحله الثانيه تشكيل لجان تمثيليه لرعايه مصالح العمال والدفاع عن حقوقهم والمرحله الثالثه استحداث النقابات العماليه والاتحادات العماليه والاتحاد العام لعمال سلطنه عمان ،التي تهدف الى رعايه مصالح العمال وتحسين حالتهم الماديه والاجتماعيه

    وبناء على هذه السياسات والقوانين الصادره بالمراسيم السلطانيه والقرارات الوزاريه بهذا الشأن ، فقد بدأ ميناء صلاله بتشكيل اول هيئه تمثيليه في عام 2200 لموظفي الميناء ، ثم تشكلت اللجنه العماليه بعد ذلك ومن ثم تم انتخاب اول نقابه عماليه لموظفي الميناء في 2009. ونعيد انتخاب النقابه العماليه لموظفي الميناء التي استمرت لمدة يومي 18 و 19 فبراير 2013 لاعطاء الفرصه لجميع العاملين بالميناء في انتخاب من يرونه مناسب لتمثيلهم في النقابه التي ترشح فيها 11 مترشح لنيل العضويه والتي سوف تتكون من 7 اعضاء الى 9 اعضاء حسب عدد اعضاء الجمعيه العموميه ، والتي جرت بحضور الفاضل/ مسعود بن علي جعبوب رئيس قسم التنظيمات النقابيه بالمديريه العامه للقوى العامله بمحافظة ظفار . وساد الانتخاب جو من الحماس والامل في هذه النقابه و الدور المنوط بها حسب القوانين والانظمه المعمول فيا في السلطنه

    وقال الفاضل / مسعود بن علي جعبوب رئيس التنظيمات النقابيه بالديريه العامه للقوى العامله بمحافظة ظفار والمشرف على سير الانتخابات ، تعتبر شركة صلاله لخدمات الموانئ اكبر شركه في المحافظه ، حيث يعمل بها اكثر من 2200 موظف وكذل تعتبر نقابه عمال ميناء صلاله اكبر تجمع نقابي على مستوى السلطنه من حيث عدد اعضاء اللجنه العموميه . وكذلك اشاد بدور اللجنه التنظيميه للانتخابات بالاعدادو التحضير الجيد لهذه الانتخابات وكذلك امستوى الشفافيه والنزاهةالتي صاحبت عملية التسجيل والترشيح والفرز وهذا يدل على الوعي والاهتمام باهميه العمل التقابي

    وقالت الفاضلة / هند بنت جمعان هبيس مديرة مشاريع الموارد البشريه بميناء صلاله رئيسة اللجنه التنظيميه لانتخابات النقابه العماليه ، قالت ان الاستعدادات كانت مبكره وتم اعطاء فترة كافيه لجميع الموظفين الراغبين في ترشيح انفسسهم وتم اتباع جميع الاجراءات القانونيه في الاعداد والتحضير . وشكرت اعضاء اللجنه التنظيميه على جهودهم وكذلك الاداره على التعاون في انجاح الانتخابات وكذلك الموظفين على ممارستهم الحق الانتخابي وتجاوبهم في الحضور و الترشيح

    وقد كانت النتائج اعضاء النقابه العماليه الجديدة على التالي: سالم بن مسعود بن علي بيت سعيد ، زياد بن احمد بن سالم المرهون ، خالد بن سالم بن علي جعبوب ، سعيد بن محاد بن مسلم بيت سعيد ، مسلم بن احمد بن سعيد تبوك ، علي بن سالم بن علي الجحفلي، و سالم بن سعيد بن مسلم الكثيري

    اما الفاضل/ احمد بن علي عكعاك نائب الرئيس التنفيذي لميناء صلاله اشار الى اهمية الدور الحيوي لهذه اللجنه في العمل على رعايه مصالح الموظفين ومتابعة شؤونهم والاهتمام بهموهم وكذلك العمل على التنسيق بين الموظفين وادارة الشركة ، واكد على الدعم المستمر التي تقدمه الادارة اللتنفيذيه للميناء في تسهيل عمل اللجنه فيما يمكنها من اداء واجبها تجاه الموظفين والمؤسسه ، واثنى على جميع الجهود التي بذلت في هذا الصدد .

    اما المهندس / احمد بن سالم العمري الرئيس السابق للنقابه العماليه بميناء صلاله اشاد باهميه ودور النقابات العماليه كونه يمثل احد اهم عناصر الانتاج في اى مؤسسه . ان تجربة النقابه العماليه خلال الثلاث سنوات الماضيه كانت ثريه بما انتجته من ثمرات تحققت بفعل الارضيه المشتركه التي بنى عليها الحوار بين ادارة النقابه وادارة الشركه . وبدوره تمنى للنقابه القادمه التوفيق والنجاح في مهامها . كما اكد احد الاعضاء المرشحين على اهميه التنسيق المستمر بين الموظفين والاداره وذلك للتوصل للحلول التي تكون في مصلحه جميع الاطراف ، وشكر الاعضاء السابقين على الانجازات التي تحققت خلال فترة عملهم

  • The Port of Salalah was among Oman's 20 companies which sponsored SANAD 2012 Awards, organized by the Ministry of Manpower to highlight and reward self-employment projects and developing SME businesses.

    The SANAD program was established in 2001 at the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to encourage young people and low-income families to set up their own enterprises and contribute to the recruitment of people in local areas. SANAD has played a positive role in encouraging and establishing hundreds of successful startups that have brought a return on investment to the owner and the government.

    The SANAD awards are held every two years and recognize various success stories across industries and all regions of Oman in order to encourage entrepreneurship. Winners are given a medal and cash prize in a ceremony honoring over 25 projects from around Oman.

    Ahmed Akaak, DCEO at Port of Salalah, commented on the importance of private sector contribution towards the SANAD and the significance in nurturing SME initiatives that contribute to the local economy, adding that in marking 10 years since the start of the SANAD awards, Port of Salalah has a duty to contribute to such programs which result in a consistently positive impact.

    يعتبر برنامج سند واحد من اهم ا لمبادرات التي تبنتها الحكومه العمانيه لدعم الشباب والمبادرات العائيله من ذوى الدخل المحدود لانشاء مشاريعهم الخاصه ولمباشره تجارتهم الحره الخاصه بهم . ويهدف هذا المشروع على تشجيع الشباب على الاعتماد على انفسهم واقامة الاعمال التجاريه الحرة الخاصه والمساهمه في توظيف غيرهم من ابناء مناطقهم

    وكان لبرنامج ( سند) الدور الايجابي في تشجيع كثير من المواطنين على انشاء مؤسساتهم الخاصه والناجحه وتعد بالمئات ، وقد كان الدعم الحكومي الذي تقدمه الدولة لصاحب المشروع حافز ودافع قوي لانشاء المؤسسات الفرديه والعائيليه التي كانت ناجحه واتت بمردود وعائد طيب للدوله وصاحب المشروع وعلى سبيل المثال هناك اليوم كثير من المشاريع الناجحه والتي على ضوها تم اعداد برنامج التكريم لهذه المؤسسات وذلك تتويجا للانجازات التي حققها برنامج سند في مجال نشر ثقافة التشغيل الذاتي ودعم المبادرات الفرديه وتأسيس المشاريع الصغيره والمتوسطه ، يتم تنظيم جائزه سند لهذا العام تشجيعا وتكريما لاصحاب وصاحبات المشاريع المجيدة في مختلف الانشطة والقطاعات الاقتصاديه بهدف ابراز قصص نجاحهم وتشجيع غيرهم على اخذ زمام المبادرة والاقبال على تأسيس مشاريعهم الخاصة

    وفي هذه المناسبه اكد الفاضل / احمد بن علي عكعاك نائب الرئيس التنفيذي لميناء صلاله على اهميه دعم القطاع الخاص لهذا البرنامج بما له من اهميه اقتصاديه وتنمويه وتشجيع اصحاب المشاريع الاقتصاديه على الاستمرار ودفع بعجلة التنميه للامام ، وكذلك دعم المستفيدين من برنامج سند والوقوف بجانبهم والمساهمه في تكريمهم ، واضاف عكعاك بمناسبة مرور ( 10) سنوات على انطلاق برنامج سند فقد كان واجب على ميناء صلاله المساهمه في رعايه هذا البرنامج وتشجيع استمرار هذه الجائزه ، حيث كان ميناء صلاله احد الرعاه الرئيسين لجائزه برنامج سند لهذا العام 2012 م وكانت لهذه الرعايه الاثر الطيب لدى القائمين على هذ ا البرنامج

  • Port of Salalah has recently concluded its ninth annual Sports Festival, which saw a total of 638 participants out of the circa 2200 employees participate during mid-October to mid-December.

    All of the sports games and finals were held at the Port of Salalah, which saw a high number of participants in football, volleyball, basketball, badminton, cricket, billiards, table-tennis, bowling and tug-of-war, as well as activity in chess and darts. To view photos of this year's games click on the link below.

    The opening of the games was kicked off with a bowling tournament in which 24 employees battled for the top three spots. Winners were flown to Muscat to participate in a local bowling competition against 14 other Omani companies and brought home the trophy for third place.

    Local tennis champion and port employee Abdullah Salim Fadhil, a member of the Engineering team and Sports Committee organizer for the tennis games, won second place in the Dhofar Tennis Open Championship, further showcasing the sporting talent of Port of Salalah employees.

    The company also launched a December Health Challenge for its employees during November with a special offer to employees and their families in association with Horizon Gym Oman.

    The primary objective of the sports festival is to promote healthy competition under an atmosphere of sportsmanship and friendly interaction with a view to enhancing and strengthening company unity.

    The games also allow for employees to introduce their families and friends to their colleagues and help to promote closer community relations among the many cultures at the port.

    Peter Ford, CEO at Port of Salalah, who was the guest of honor at the port's closing games and ceremony, rewarded the top players and Sports Committee organizers with trophies and prizes.

    المهرجان الرياضي لميناء صلالة ... فرصة لإظهار المواهب الرياضية

    إختتم ميناء صلالة، الذي يعد من أكبر شركات محافظة ظفار، مهرجانه السنوي لعام 2012 للعام التاسع على التوالي. وقد شارك في فعاليات الألعاب الرياضية التي إستمرت من أكتوبر وحتى منتصف ديسمبر 638 موظفاً من أصل ما يقارب من 2200 موظف.

    لقد أقيمت جميع الألعاب والمباريات النهاية في ملاعب الشركة حيث شارك عدد كبير من الموظفين في ألعاب مثل كرة القدم والكرة الطائرة وكرة السلة وكرة الريشة والكريكيت والبليارد وتنس الطاولة والبولنغ ولعبة شد الحبل، إضافة الى الشطرنج ورمي السهام (دارت). ولمشاهدة الصور لألعاب هذا العام، نرجو النقر على الرابط أدناه.

    من الجدير بالذكر أن المهرجان الرياضي للميناء إنطلق بفعالية البولنغ التي شارك فيها 24 متسابقاً تنافسوا للحصول على المراكز الثلاثة الأولى، حيث غادر الفائزون الثلاثة الى مسقط للمشاركة في بطولة البولنغ التي إنظم اليها 14 شركة عمانية أخرى، وقد حصل متنافسوا الميناء على المركز الثالث بهذه البطولة.

    من جانب آخر، شارك الفاضل عبد الله سالم فاضل، من دائرة الهندسة، وهو عضو اللجنة المنظمة للمهرجان الرياضي ومنسق لعبة التنس الأرضي، شارك في بطولة التنس التي أقيمت في محافظة ظفار وفاز بالمركز الثاني في البطولة، وهذا الفوز يمثل أحد المواهب الرياضية لموظفي ميناء صلالة.

    في نوفمبر الماضي أطلقت الشركة برنامج تحديات شهر ديسمبر للصحة، حيث قدم الميناء بالتعاون مع مركز الأفق للياقة البدنية عرضاً خاصاً للموظفين وعوائلهم.

    أن الهدف الرئيس من المهرجان الرياضي هو تشجيع التنافس في إطار من الأجواء الودية والروح الرياضية التي تعزز من وحدة الشركة وتجانسها.

    أضافة الى ذلك، يتيح المهرجان الرياضي المجال امام تعارف عوائل الموظفين وأصدقائهم بعضهم مع البعض الآخر، ويعمل على تعزيز أواصر العلاقات المجتمعية بين ثقافات الميناء المتعددة.

    الفاضل بيتر فورد، الرئيس التنفيذي للميناء، حضر بصفته ضيف الشرف في حفل إختتام الفعاليات. وقد قام الفاضل بيتر بتوزيع الميداليات والكؤوس على اللاعبين والفرق الفائزة والى اللجنة المنظمة للمهرجان.

    Click HERE to see the photos for this Festival.

    Click HERE to see the video.

  • - Container volumes increase 15%, general cargo increases 8% to 5.2 million ton

    -Total revenue increases 12% to RO 41.6m ($108m), net profits at RO 5.1m ($13.2m)

    Port of Salalah, also Salalah Port Services Co. SAOG, has announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the first three-months (Q3) ending 30 September 2012 to the Muscat Security Market, reflecting consistent growth in volumes, productivity and profitability margins for the region's second largest port operating company.

    The port's container volume in Q3 grew by 15% year on year to 2.757 million TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit), against 2.394 million TEU in Q3 of last year, while general cargo (non-container) volume also grew to 5.2 million ton from 4.9 million ton last year.

    The Khareef season, which provides an influx of tourists to Salalah, traditionally causes a contraction in the port's volumes due to the impact of the monsoon tides, also reflected in a dip in crane productivity, however Q3 2012 crane productivity (28.51 moves/hour) was increased against Q3 2011 slightly (27.8 moves/hour), due to a number of factors including adequately trained and incentivized staff.

    The financial impact of the strong growth in volumes for Q3 2012 is that total revenue grew by 12% to RO 41.6m (US$108m), compared to RO 37.2m (US$96.7m) for the same nine-month period last year, while the company's net profits have increased to RO 5.1m (US$13.2m), compared to RO 871,000 (US$2.2m) in Q3 2011.

    Abdul Aziz Ali Shanfari, Chairman at Port of Salalah, said, "We look forward to the continuation of our successful collaboration with government investiture into the infrastructural development of the port, airport, and rail projects envisioned for Salalah, and for the increasing connectivity in Oman and its regional role in logistics. Port of Salalah's expansion projects will serve the Government of Oman's vision for continued stability and consistent growth both short and long term."

    "Many businesses have expressed interest in the general cargo expansion and we expect it to provide the kind of benefit to the customers and the local economic development that grows the port's contribution to the local, regional and global markets sustainably," added Shanfari.

    The Port of Salalah has gone through phases of phenomenal development in its 14 years of operation. The port has handled an average of 3 million containers annually in the past four years, in May 2012 marking its 30 millionth container and highest quarterly container volume in the port's history.

    Peter Ford, CEO at Port of Salalah said, "The Port of Salalah is still, and will always be, a significant transshipment hub. We add a huge amount of value to shipping line networks. The next phase is for cargo owners and logistics providers to take advantage of this massive backbone of connectivity that Salalah's advantageous location offers."

    Port of Salalah's 2011 transshipment versus hinterland (inbound) cargo was 96%, which translates into Salalah handling about 26% of all local cargo and almost 90% of containers handled in Oman. With the RO 55 million (US$143 million) investment announced this year into the port's general cargo terminal and liquid bulk handling capabilities, activities at the Port of Salalah are expected to diversify in commodities and products such as limestone, coal, caustic soda, rock phosphate, and increase the percentage of local cargo imported and exported over the years.

    The Salalah Hub, which is the combined synergies of the Port of Salalah, Salalah Free Zone and Salalah Airport, has attracted global players like US Gypsum, Saltic, and DHL to start operations in Salalah between 2013-2015. "Using the value proposition we offer that combines excellent location, world class infrastructure, attractive business incentives, and highly skilled management, we've been able to attract nine new international businesses to set up at Salalah," added Ford.

    Algeposa, the large Spanish logistics company specializing in grain and food distribution, has registered its entity in Salalah as Arabian Sea Port Services LLC, and is to build a 12,000 sq metre warehouse near the port to store and distribute grains and other commodities around the region.

    Other future developments at the Port of Salalah include a new breakwater project which is designed to provide SME development and new jobs alongside a world-class passenger cruise terminal, which will be a major stimulus to accessible and community-centric tourism.

  • Port of Salalah has been visited by navy and military attaché representatives from many countries in the past month, meeting with members of the port's senior management to support the positive relationship between the respective nation and the port.

    Discussions were centered on developments in security in the seas with regard to improvements to combating piracy. Port of Salalah has played a significant role in supporting the international alliance against piracy by providing rest and repatriation for visiting navy ships.

    Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino of Italian navy ship San Giusto, remarked that the Port of Salalah was especially helpful in providing these services efficiently and effortless while in a meeting with Ahmed Akaak, Deputy CEO of Port of Salalah.

    Peter Ford, CEO of Port of Salalah, also met with a group of military resident representatives to discuss current and upcoming features of the port's security. Mr. Ford also welcomed the Navy Chief of Staff, Admiral Soeparno of Indonesian ship Dewaruci which is on a nine month journey around the world and has called on a total 21 American, European, African and Asian ports.

    Operation Atalanta, approved by the UN Security Council in order to counter-piracy in the Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Aden, includes a fleet of four warships: three frigates - La Fayette (France), Bremen (Germany), Reina Sofia (Spain) - and the Amphibious Assault Ship San Giusto (Italy); other ships will join the task group, including one Romanian warship (for the first time in a EU-led antipiracy mission), increasing the total number of ships up to eight.

    According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) the number of pirate attacks dropped by a third in the first half of 2012, led by a decline in Somali piracy, thanks to international naval efforts and the adoption by shipping lines of best management practices and hardened vessels. IMB warned, however, that the decline off the Somali coast was offset by a growing number of attacks in Africa's Gulf of Guinea.

    In 2011, at least 3,863 seafarers were fired upon by armed Somali pirates, and of that number, 968 seafarers faced armed pirates who managed to board their vessels. 35 hostages died during 2011: 8 were killed by pirates during an initial attack or after being taken captive; 8 died from disease or malnutrition while being held; and 19 died in crossfire while being used as human shields, reported the IMB, while the estimated economic impact of Somali piracy cost nearly $7 billion in 2011.

    سفن عسكرية تزور لميناء صلالة

    زار ميناء صلالة في الأسبوع الماضي ممثلين من البحرية والملحقين العسكريين من عدة دول، حيث إستقبلهما عدد من أعضاء الإدارة العليا في الميناء، وتأتي هذه الزيارة التعزيز العلاقات الطيبة مع السلطنة.

    تركزت المباحثات على التطورات الأمنية ذات الصلة بعمليات مكافحة القرصنة، حيث أن لميناء صلالة دور فعال في دعم التحالف الدولي ضد القرصنة من خلال إستقبال السفن العسكرية وتأمين إحتياجاتهم الضرورية.

    أفاد العقيد بحري/ رافائيل غارويلو، قائد سفينة البحريه الايطاليه ( SAN GIUSTO ( أثناء لقائه بالفاضل أحمد علي عكعاك، نائب الرئيس التنفيذي، بأن لميناء صلالة فوائد خاصة عبر توفير مثل هذه الخدمات بكفاءة ودون عناء.

    من الجدير بالذكر أن عمليات أطلانتا، والتي أقرها مجلس الأمن التابع للأمم المتحدة لمحاربة القرصنة في المحيط الهندي وخليج عدن، تتضمن 4 سفن حربية: 3 فرقاطات – لافاييت (فرنسية)، بريمن (المانية)، ورينا صوفيا (اسبانية) – وسفينة الهجوم البرمائية سان غيوستو (أيطالية)؛ وسوف تلتحق سفن أخرى بمجموعة السفن العسكرية من بينها سفينة رومانية (حيث يكون حضورها لأول مرة مع مهمة الأمم المتحدة ضد عمليات القرصنة)، وبهذا سيزداد عدد سفن الأسطول الى 8 سفن عسكرية.

    لقد أنخفض عدد هجمات القراصنة الى الثلث حسبما أفاد به المكتب البحري الدولي، حيث سبقه إنخفاض بعمليات القرصنة الصومالية، وبهذه المناسبة لا بد من تقديم الشكر والعرفان لجهود الوحدات البحرية الدولية، من جهة، وخطوط الشحن الملاحية من جهة ثانية لتبنيها أفضل التطبيقات الإدارية لتعزيز قدرات سفنها التجارية. وعلى الرغم من ذلك، فقد حذر المكتب البحري الدولي من أن إنخفاض العمليات في سواحل الصومال قد صاحبه إزدياد الهجمات في خليج غينيا في أفريقيا.

    في عام 2011 تعرض 3,863 بحاراً الى عمليات إطلاق نيران من قراصنة صوماليين، وتفيد التقارير الى أن 968 بحاراً من أولئك البحارة قد تعرضوا لهجوم مباشر حيث تمكن القراصنة من الصعود الى سفنهم والأستيلاء عليها. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن 35 رهينة قد توفيت في عام 2011: ثمانية منهم قتلوا بنيران القراصنة أثناء الهجوم على السفينة أو بعد إحتجازهم، وثمانية آخرون ماتوا نتيجة الأمراض أو سوء التغذية بعد الإختطاف، اما التسعة عشر بحاراً الآخرين فقد قتلوا أثناء تبادل إطلاق حيث أستخدهم القراصنة دروعاً بشرية. من جانب آخر، تشير تقارير المكتب البحري الدولي الى أن الخسائر المادية الناتجة عن عمليات القرصنة الصومالية في عام 2011 قد بلغت 7 بليون دولار.

  • Port of Salalah was among the main sponsors of Oman's National Football team in a recent match played against Egypt's national team played in Salalah on 15 August 2012 at the city's main stadium in Al Saada.

    As part of the company's commitment to supporting its local community and sporting interests, the port distributed thousands of free tickets to all Port of Salalah employees as well as primary stakeholders among various departments such as the port security officials, and contractors and customers with regular interaction with port departments.

    Among the estimated 7,000 spectators at the game, Port of Salalah was represented in a big way with the company's logo appearing alongside the field and mentioned in live radio coverage throughout the nerve-racking friendly game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

    Eleven children from the port's staff were invited to walk onto the field alongside the Omani and Egyptian national teams, and were given the latest jersey of Oman's team as well as a full sporting kit to take home.

    As a further gesture of support to sport, the port presented free tickets to 30 young swimmers and coaches from Oman Swimming Team who made an exception to their busy summer training schedule to attend the highly anticipated match.

    لقد رعى ميناء صلاله وبالتعاون مع الاتحاد العماني لكرة القدم مباراة المنتخب العماني مع المنتخب المصري التي اقيمت على استاد السعاده الرياضي في الخامس عشر من اغسطس 2012 في محافظة ظفار ، وذلك من اجل دعم وتعزيز المنتخب العماني والوقوف خلفه باستمرار .وقد كان لهذا الدعم الاثر الايجابي في نفوس لاعبي المنتخب والجماهير الحاضره والتي قد تصل الى اكثر من 7000 متفرج ، وكان للميناء حضور قوي في تلك المباراه من الناحيه العائيه والتشجيعيه حيث حضر المباراه اغلب موظفي الميناء واولادهم وذلك شعورا بالمسؤليه الاجتماعيه والوطنيه تجاه المنتخب العماني .

    يعتبر ميناء صلاله احدى المؤسسات الداعمه لهذا المنتخب والوقوف خلفه في هذه المباراة الوديه المهمه وتشجيعا للمنتخب فقد تم توزيع بطاقات دخول مجانيه لجميع الموظفين وكذلك تم التنسيق مع بعض الموظفين في الشركه لاحضار اطفالهم للدخول ما المنتخب العماني الى ارضيه الملعب وهذه تعد بادرة ايجابيه وقد تكون الاولى من نوعها في المحافظة واننا نقدم لهم كل الشكر والتقدير على هذا الجهد .

    بالاضافه الى هذا فقد تم توزيع عدد 30 بطاقه دخول المباراة الى منتخب السباحه العماني المتواجد في تلك الفتره في صلاله فقد كان حضورهم ومؤازرتهم للمنتخب مشكورة..

  • Port of Salalah has received 25 students from Salalah's universities and colleges as part of its summer internship program in 2012.

    The summer internship program was started in 2002 to provide on-job training exposure and experience to the growing population of the Dhofar region's higher education students. Over 150 students have taken part since the start of the port's summer internship program.

    The Port offers a comprehensive internship program for students including an induction on the port profile and safety training, courtesy insurance, and a proportional salary for service during the 8-week training among other benefits.

    Each department at the port is tasked with challenging the students with an experience that supports learning and career development. Up to 17 students have joined various departments as early as May 20th, while another 8 students were received at departments towards the end of June, according to the end of terms.

    Yarub Al Shahri, a student at the College of Applied Sciences in Salalah, said about his experience, "I have added many words to my regular vocabulary now such as stevedoring, supply chain, logistics, transshipment hub, as well as soft skill words like momentum, reputation, transparency and prioritization. My previous information about the port wasn't clear but with the internship I learned a lot and enjoyed seeing how the port administration works as a team and about various communication methods like port visits and reports."

    The summer internship program is managed by the Training Department at the port which coordinates with the neighboring educational institutions to set high qualification standards.

    There is a strong interest from Dhofar's youth regarding the port's summer internship programme and job prospects according to Hind Hubais, HR Project Manager at the HR Department, who tours university and college job fairs to promote career opportunities at Port of Salalah.

    Suggested picture caption:

    Summer trainees alongside administration at the Port of Salalah's purpose-built Training Centre

    About the Port of Salalah:

    Port of Salalah (also Salalah Port Services Company SAOG) is Oman's largest port. The port is partly owned and managed by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world. Port of Salalah is a made up of a Container Terminal with seven berths of up to 18m draft and a General Cargo Terminal of twelve berths of up to 16m draft. Strategically located at the major East-West Shipping Lane, the Port of Salalah is viewed as the region's best located port in order to access the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and East Africa.

    للسنة العاشرة منذ تأسيسه، ميناء صلالة يستقبل 25 متدرباً في برنامج التدريب الصيفي

    إستقبل ميناء صلالة 25 طالباً وطالبةً من مختلف الجامعات والكليات للإنظمام الى برنامج التدريب الصيفي لعام 2012.

    باشر الميناء بتطبيق هذا البرنامج منذ عام 2002 لغرض تقديم خبرة عملية الى طلاب التعليم العالي في الجامعات والكليات في ظفار. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن ما يزيد على 150 متدرباً قد شاركوا في برنامج التدريب الصيفي لطلاب الكليات والجامعات منذ المباشرة به ولحد الآن.

    يوفر الميناء عبر هذا البرنامج تدريباً شاملاً ومكثفاً يتضمن مقدمة عن الميناء ومواضيع عن السلامة، كما يوفر لهم تأميناً على سبيل المجاملة، ومبلغ من المال كمرتب لفترة التدريب التي تستمر 8 أسابيع، وغيرها من المزايا.

    يوزع الطلاب على دوائر الميناء، وتكلف تلك الدوائر بإعداد برنامج لتعليم المتدربين وتطويرهم وظيفياً. إلتحق في العشرين من شهر مايو هذا العام 17 طالباً متدرباً في مختلف دوائر الميناء، ثم تبعهم 8 طلاب آخرين في نهاية شهر يونيو بعد أن أكملوا الفصول الدراسية في كلياتهم وجامعاتهم.

    المتدرب يعرب الشحري، أحد طلاب كلية العلوم التطبيقية بصلالة، يقول عن خبرته في التدريب في ميناء صلالة، "لقد اضفت مفردات كثيرة الى ما أعرفه من كلمات، ومثال سلسلة التموين supply chain ، اللوجستيات Logistics ، مركز إعادة شحن transshipment hub ، إضافة الى كلمات تتعلق بالمهارات الشخصية مثل القوة الدافعة momentum ، السمعة reputation ، الشفافية transparency ، وتحديد الأولويات prioritization . لم تكن معلوماتي عن الميناء واضحة سابقاً، ولكني إستمتعت بمشاركتي في برنامج التدريب الصيفي وتعلمت كيف أن إدارة الميناء تنبع من فريق متحد واحد، وتعلمت سبل التواصل كالزيارات والتقارير والمخاطبات."

    يتولى مركزتدريب ميناء صلالة مسؤولية تطبيق برنامج التدريب الصيفي لطلاب الكليات والجامعات، ويقوم المركز بالتنسيق مع المؤسسات التعليمية لوضع أعلى المعايير اللازمة لتدريب الطلاب.

    يولي شباب ظفار إهتماما حقيقياً ببرنامج التدريب الصيفي في ميناء صلالة وفي فرص العمل، حسبما تؤكده الفاضلة هند هبيس، مديرة مشاريع في دائرة الموارد البشرية، والتي تقوم بمهمة تمثيل الميناء لدى معارض العمل التي تقيمها الكليات والجامعات من أجل شرح فرص العمل المتوفرة في الميناء والترويج لها.

    نبذة عن ميناء صلالة

    يعد ميناء صلالة أكبر موانئ سلطنة عمان ، ويعرف أيضا بإسم شركة صلالة لخدمات الموانئ ، تدير الميناء شركة أي. بي. أم لمحطات الحاويات ، كما أن لديها حصة في أسهم الشركة ، وتعد شركة أي. بي. أم. لمحطات الحاويات واحدة من أكبر الشركات التي تتولى إدارة الموانئ في جميع أنحاء العالم.

    يتألف ميناء صلالة من محطة الحاويات التي تحوي 7 ارصفة ، عمق الغاطس فيها 18 متراً، ومحطة البضائع العامة التي تحوي 12 رصيفا يبلغ عمق الغاطس فيها 16 متراً. يحتل الميناء موقعا إستراتيجيا على مسار خطوط الشحن العالمية التي تربط الشرق بالغرب ، ويعد أهم ميناء في المنطقة لكونه بوابة تطل على الشرق الأوسط وشبه القارة الهندية وشرق أفريقيا.

  • Port of Salalah's general cargo terminal and liquid jetty project has been initiated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications at a preliminary meeting held recently with key stakeholders from the ministry, port and winning contractor.

    The project will increase cargo handling capacity to 20 million tonnes per annum (mpta) of dry bulk commodities and over 6 million tonnes of liquid products, in comparison to the port's present cargo handling capacity of 6.5 mtpa during 2011.

    Further details of the project include:

    Key Highlights

    Contract Value: OMR 55,000,000 (USD 142,800,000) – Investment Government of Oman

    Contract awarded to Hani Archirodon Construction, April 2012

    Contract period: 19 Months (including mobilization)

    Details: 1266 meters (4 berths) of Concrete Block Quay to be constructed at the Leeward side of the existing Breakwater with 18 meters of Draft (Designed for vessels up to 144000 DWT)

    Project also includes:

    Dredging of harbor basin

    Reclamation

    Protection & Revetment

    Roads & Pavement

    Buildings

    Capacity increase & Commodities to be handled

    General Cargo: (Est. Capacity: 14,000,000 MT) - Limestone, Clinker, Salt, Coal, Rock Phosphate

    Liquids: (Est. Capacity 6,000,000 MT) - Methanol, Ammonia, Ethylene, EDC, Fuels, Caustic Lye & MEG

  • Salalah Port Services Company SAOG, also Port of Salalah, has announced its unaudited results for the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 to the Muscat Securities Market.

    Port of Salalah has reported Q1 revenue at RO 13.76 million (US$ 35.77 million), against RO 13.56 million (US$ 35.26 million) for the corresponding period last year, on the back of increased volumes in the port's container terminal and general cargo terminal operations.

    Container traffic at Port of Salalah increased by 3% to a throughput of 922,000 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit), while general cargo terminal operations have recorded a 10% growth and throughput of 1.621 million tons in Q1 of 2012.

    ميناء صلالة يعلن عن نتائج الربع الأول من عام 2012

    أعلنت شركة صلالة لخدمات الموانئ (ش.م.ع.ع)، والتي تعرف بإسم ميناء صلالة، أعلنت لدى سوق مسقط للاوراق الماليةعن النتائج المالية غير المدققة للربع الأول من عام 2012.

    وجاء في إعلان النتائج أن إيرادات الربع الأول بلغت 13.76 مليون ريال عماني (35.77 مليون دولار أميركي)، في حين كانت نتائج الفترة ذاتها من العام الماضي 13.56 مليون ريال عماني (35.26 مليون دولار أميركي). ويأتي هذا الإرتفاع في الإيرادات منسجماً مع تزايد حجوم العمل في عمليات محطتي الحاويات والبضائع العامة.

    إزدادت حركة الحاويات في الميناء بنسبة 3% ووصلت الإنتاجية الى 922 الف حاوية نمطية، في الوقت الذي سجلت فيه عمليات البضائع العامة نمواً بلغ 10%، كما سجلت إنتاجية وصلت الى 1.621 مليون طن خلال الربع الأول من عام 2012.

  • Port of Salalah has welcomed executives and representatives from the shipping world's largest shipping lines and principal customers in the local market to the handling of its 30 millionth TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit) container recently.

    The distinguishing aspects of Port of Salalah, the second largest port in the region, including its direct connections to the world and shortest transit times to the major markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US from the region, were conveyed during a thorough tour of the port's Container Terminal.

    The tour of Port of Salalah also substantiated its unique position to benefit customers through the Salalah Free Zone and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) accessing United States and Singapore, as well as sea-land-air agreements with local businesses and faster connection routes to GCC markets. The Port of Salalah serves as an engine of growth to the country's economy in line with the progressive vision from the government of Oman to diversify the economy from oil exports and generate meaningful Omanisation and employment, as an estimated five jobs are created for logistics, shipping or the local economy for every one job in the port.

    A milestone achievement

    Over the past two years Port of Salalah has attained resilient growth in productivity and market growth amid the downturn of the global containerships industry, as well as significant progress in the company's safety record and technology investment, to better serve some of the largest vessels in the world.

    "We're happy to bring together our local valued customers and all our partners onboard, as well as our people, to mark this achievement which is made possible through your support and dedication," said Peter Ford, CEO of Port of Salalah. Port of Salalah's customers include the world's blue-chip names in ocean carriers such as Maersk Line,MSC,APL, CSAV, Shipping Corporation of India and the newly formed G6 alliance.

    The 30 millionth TEU milestone was a tribute to the port's strength in container handling coinciding with the first eastbound call of Hyundai Force of the G6 alliance, a new service line that increases Port of Salalah connections to Asia and Europe to over 30 sailings every week.

    The newly formed G6 alliance unites six ocean carrier firms into one of the largest vessel networks and operates 90 ships each with capacities up to 14,000 TEU covering 40 ports. The G6 includes members of the Grand Alliance — Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL — and the New World Alliance — APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and MOL.

    In honor of the first call by Hyundai Force , the vessel captain was met by Mr. Ford who presented a plaque to the captain in upholding the traditional seafaring commemoration of a vessel's first call at port.

    Touring Port of Salalah

    The Port of Salalah has invested over USD 300 million in infrastructure that ranges from some of the world's largest cranes to handle vessels, 2.4 km worth of container berth quay with depths of 18 meter, and plenty of yard capacity to ensure growth in line with demand.

    Customers were escorted throughout the port to survey the port's day-to-day operations and stopped at safety zones to get a firsthand experience of the size and scale of Oman's largest port and second largest port in the region.

    The tour included a stop at the MV Altonia , the latest vessel added to the Oman Shipping Company subsidiary company, Oman Container Lines (OCL). At 1,730 TEU, MV Altonia is OCL's newest product meeting growing interest in connecting Salalah and Jebel Ali.

    "We expect to add Port Sultan Qaboos to the Gulf Express feeder service as well starting weekly this month. With this connection, Omani ports will be connected like never before and it will finally be possible to ensure Omani cargo passes through Omani ports rather than through the UAE," said Nicholas Fisher, CEO of Oman Shipping Company. "As we go forward we look to expand the network which will include Indian subcontinent, and potentially East Africa, connecting through the Salalah hub, to offer the ability for Omani cargo to reach the world through Omani ports. At the end of the day it's about Omani transportation solutions for the country," Mr. Fisher concluded.

    Mr. Ford added, "We believe significantly in this considering the improved product it can give to customers looking for new transportation ways to get to and from Muscat and the Sohar area, as right now the transit times are fairly poor, but with this connection they can decrease by a week to ten days at a minimum."

    In pursuing further solutions and connectivity for Oman's businesses, Port of Salalah is also working closely with the Salalah Free Zone to provide opportunities for local businesses to flourish, supported by a recently awarded RO 55 million (US$ 143 million) contract from the Ministry of Transport and Communications to develop the General Cargo Terminal.

    "The strategy is to provide opportunities for our customers to grow and prosper by having further downstream activities from their core business. And progress has been positive, we've signed a Port Facilities Agreement with a logistics distribution company that we expect construction to start within this year, and some progress on agro-business going from bulk to container items," added Mr. Ford.

    Port of Salalah is also pursuing a course as a center of activity for Oman's top-quality limestone, which is equivalent to what is found in Thailand and is used primarily for coal fired steel manufacturing, as well as serving liquid bulk commodities produced in Oman including methanol, fuel, Mono ethylene glycol, and caustic soda.

    With over 2100 employees, Port of Salalah has also heavily invested in improving safety and productivity, as Mr. Ford added, "One of our success stories is a momentous reduction in safety incidents, improving safety record by double digits or even triple digits depending on what year of comparison. LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) was previously in the 40's, where today we are 0.62 and reducing. Safety isn't just something we believe in, it is in our DNA now." Port of Salalah recently achieved a safety record 2.5 million manhours without LTI, which is equivalent to 137 days for the port's 24-hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year operations.

    Following the rising concern in piracy attacks, Port of Salalah has closely aligned with all the navies involved in Anti Piracy activities,which includes Oman, Japan, United States, Britain and Russia among others, adding to the port's responsibility towards safety.

    Strategy for Sustainability

    The tour concluded with a review of Port of Salalah's 20 year vision, infrastructure development and technological investment that will improve efficiencies, reduce waste, and advance automation at the port.

    Port of Salalah hopes to invest jointly with the Omani government on a valuable proposal to convert its RTG cranes (Rubber Tyred Gantry) from diesel to electricity, which would reduce carbon emissions by at least 17,000 tonnes per year, and the company is optimistic in winning endorsement on this project within this year.

    Port of Salalah is also increasing its attention on meaningful Omanisation, training and career development, and community responsibility activities. Currently Omani nationals account for over 70% of skilled workers and the company is investing in new incentives to increase motivation and job satisfaction.

    "We've talked about the expansion plans that we expect to see in the next two years, and what we can see in the coming 20 years, that will be part of the formula for consistent growth for our government, businesses and community stakeholders depending on execution of the plan," said Mr. Ford, adding, "diversification in our activities for both general cargo and container cargo needs to be in place and we're building on our strategic location and relationships to make sure that happens."

    The Port of Salalah, also Salalah Port Services Company SAOG, is a public company traded on the Muscat Securities Market with 70% locally ownership and 30% foreign ownership. The group is managed by the APM Terminals who are 30% shareholders, while the government of Omani is a 20% shareholder in the port's ownership structure, institutional investors account for 21% of shares and the remaining 29% are held by pension funds and the general public.

  • Salalah: The Port of Salalah today announced the start of dedicated taxi services for visitors to the port. The taxi service will have its own stand, ticket counter, washrooms, coffee shop, shaded waiting area and parking spaces for 35 taxis and 4 mini busses and will offer passengers and crew of visiting vessels Municipality governed rates to ensure continuity and fairness in pricing.

    The management of the taxi stand will be provided by the Port's HSSE department in conjunction with the Dhofar municipality and the Royal Oman Police and the service will commence after Eid. When asked about the new taxi stand, HSSE Manager for the Port, Mr. Mohammed Al Mashani said, "We are extremely happy to be able to offer this service to ensure tourists and visitors to the Port of Salalah are treated fairly and leave with the highest level of respect and reputation for our country. We thank the Royal Oman Police, Ministry of Tourism and the Dhofar Municipality for their assistance in making this possible"

    Port of Salalah CEO, Peter Ford added "We receive over 3,000 commercial vessel's calling at Salalah each year and have witnessed a steady increase in Cruise liners visiting Salalah. In 2010 we had 35 Cruise vessels and over 31,000 visitors. A dedicated taxi stand will go a long way to improving their stay and encourage more visitors into the city, bringing business to the local economy. Our expansion plans will cater to the growth in tourism by having dedicate berths for cruise vessels and ferries as well as a purpose built cruise terminal facility"

  • SALALAH : Port of Salalah received the maiden call from global shipping line CSAV (CompañíaSud Americana de Vapores) . CSAV is a Chilean shipping company operating across all 5 continents in container, bulk, and car carrier vessels. They are one of the oldest and most respected liner companies in the world today.

    The M/V Pucon a 304meter,6,500 TEU (Twenty foot equivalent container units) container vessel called at Salalah on Tuesday 16 th August on route from India to Northern Europe. In laymen's terms the cargo on the MV Pucon if laid end to end would be the equivalent of 5 times the length of the world tallest building, TheBurjKhaleefa. With 25 of the world's largest cranes Port of Salalah is in fact built to handle double this size of cargo on a single vessel. The vessel will be calling at Salalah in both directions on a monthly rotation as part of an Asia- Europe-Asia service.

    The vessel was met by Mr Ahmed Akaak Deputy Chief Executive Officer Port of Salalah and senior members of the portmanagement and the captain received a commemorative plaque to mark the vessel's maiden call at Salalah.

    Peter Ford, Chief Executive Officer for Port of Salalah said "we are delighted to welcome CSAV to Salalah and receive the maiden call from their vessel the MV Pucon. The addition of CSAV as a customer to the Port of Salalah will add to the number of markets and options that businesses, both local and international, have when using Salalah as a distribution or manufacturing base. We are in further negotiations with a number of other key liner companies whose regional and global shipping networks will be greatly enhanced by using the strategic location Salalah offers."

  • Muscat.20 July 2011: Global Logistics Leader Algeposa Group and Port of Salalah have today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to build and operate a state of the art distribution center taking advantage of the strategic location Salalah offers to reach the emerging markets of East Africa, South Asia and the Gulf.

    The Port of Salalah has long been known to international shipping lines as a strategic location to connect containers in the global supply chain. Now the Algeposa group will be taking advantage of both the strategic location and the amazing connectivity these shipping lines provide in Salalah to reach markets quickly and efficiently.

    The CEO of Port of Salalah, Peter Ford said: "We are pleased to announce the start of this long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with Algeposa. This distribution center provides Algeposa, and their customers, the ability to easily reach the world's most desirable emerging markets today. For the Port of Salalah it proves that the strategic location, commonly known to the world's largest shipping lines, is also the optimum location for distribution and manufacturing. Having a global professional entity such as Algeposa, share our vision and commitment for the future of the Port of Salalah, is extremely positive for both companies as well as for the Dhofar region and the Sultanate of Oman as a whole."

    Commenting on the deal, Mr. Carlos Gonzales, General Manager - Algeposa Group Spain, said: "The MOU I am signing today with Port of Salalah is part of our long-term commitment to enhance our services to our customers. Salalah will be a crucial addition to our global facilities and the location of Port of Salalah makes it one of the most ideal logistics distribution hubs connecting the East-West cargo route to the fast-growing Middle East, African and South Asia markets."

    Arabian Sea Ports Services SL, an ALGEPOSA group company will provide global distribution services that will include: warehousing, freight forwarding, packaging and transportation. The venture will involve construction of a 40,000 sqm facility of an investment of $14m and is expected to generate over 400,000 tons of cargo annually and enable both international and Omani businesses easier access to emerging markets.

    H.E. Jose Luis Rosello - Spanish Ambassador to Oman, was in attendance for the signing ceremony.

  • MUSCAT . At the 2011 National Environmental Awards dubbed the Oman Green Awards, Port of Salalah won the "Green Habitat Commendation Award" for its crane lighting project. The project focused on improving flood light efficiency by installing auto cut-off systems on the Quay Crane lighting. The project resulted in a 10% reduction in Quay Crane energy consumption that amounted to energy savings of 1.7m KW for 2010 as well as US$100k cost benefit to the company. Port of Salalah was also runner up for the Green Footprint Award for their Fuel Efficiency Project of RTG's that had a 2.1m kg reduction in CO2 Emissions. Additionally, Port of Salalah were recognized by public vote as being amongst the top 10 companies in the country for both promoting and implementing environmental improvements.

  • SALALAH : Port of Salalah General Cargo Terminal (GCT) has received new bulk handling equipment to improve efficiency. The equipment, comprising of three heavy duty Wire Rope Grabs were offloaded this morning at the port. The equipment is part of the ports investment in the expansion of its general cargo operations equipment. The state-of-the-art Grabs cost $535K (RO 206K) and will be used to handle dry bulk cargo such as Limestone, Gypsum, Iron Ore, Corn and Wheat. The Grabs will be able to handle up to 30 ton lifts and operate at 600 metric tons per hour significantly increasing productivity and shortening vessel turnaround times. It is expected that a bulk vessel of 55K deadweight tonnage that would have taken 3.5 days to load will have its loading time at the port reduced by up to 40%, saving exporter's significant vessel charter rates and improving the ports efficiency.

  • SALALAH : The Port of Salalah General Cargo Terminal (GCT) handled a record 764K Metric Tons of cargo in the month of May 2011. This is the largest volume of cargo handled in any month since the port began operations in 1998. The GCT has seen double digit growth every year for over a decade and the record volume of May is 31% higher than the same month of the previous year. The GCT primarily handles local cargo and has seen little effect from the recession over the past few years with volumes continuing to grow. The largest growing exports from the terminal are limestone and gypsum which now account for 58% of exports. This growth in business is due to an increasing demand for minerals from the subcontinent and Oman has some of the highest grade minerals as a natural resource. Cargo handled at the Container Terminal during May was 267K TEU (twenty foot container equivalent units)

  • SALALAH : Port of Salalah General Cargo Terminal (GCT) has received new bulk handling equipment to improve efficiency. The equipment, comprising of three heavy duty Wire Rope Grabs were offloaded this morning at the port. The equipment is part of the ports investment in the expansion of its general cargo operations equipment. The state-of-the-art Grabs cost $535K (RO 206K) and will be used to handle dry bulk cargo such as Limestone, Gypsum, Iron Ore, Corn and Wheat. The Grabs will be able to handle up to 30 ton lifts and operate at 600 metric tons per hour significantly increasing productivity and shortening vessel turnaround times. It is expected that a bulk vessel of 55K deadweight tonnage that would have taken 3.5 days to load will have its loading time at the port reduced by up to 40%, saving exporter's significant vessel charter rates and improving the ports efficiency.

    Peter Ford CEO of Port of Salalah said "We are delighted to take delivery of the new Grabs which will provide excellent flexibility in handling a range of products at the GCT. This new equipment will have a significant positive impact on cargo handling at the port and enhance our reputation as the preferred gateway for regional cargo. We are seeing record volumes of bulk cargo and the new grabs will ensure that we not only meet, but surpass customer expectations. Our current expansion at the general cargo terminal, which the government is ready to award the tender for, will see us able to handle 40 million tons of bulk commodities and 5 million tons of liquid products per annum within the next two years"

  • Logos Hope, the world's largest floating book fair, and its crew were accorded with a warm welcome upon its arrival in Salalah on Thursday.

    Sheikh Abdullah bin Saif Al Mahrouqi, deputy governor of Dhofar; and Khalid Muslim Al Rawas, director-general of Tour­ism in Dhofar Governorate, at­tended the reception function.

    Omani traditional art forms were staged as part of the welcome function.

    Logos Hope opened to the public in Salalah from Friday. It will re­main open till Tuesday.

    "The ship, which is the first of its kind, is keen to be a bridge to connect the cultural and tourism between the countries of the world," Logos Hope captain Dirk Kolenber said.

    The book fair on board logos Hope offers an expanded selection of over 7,000 books at affordable prices.

    They cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hob­bies, cookery, the arts, medicine, dictionaries, languages, arid phi­losophy. With children's titles, ac­ademic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more, the book fair is some­thing the whole family can enjoy.

    Though this will be Logos Hope's first time in Oman, her sister ship Doulos has visited four times previously, most recently in 2006,when she received an enthusiastic welcome from thousands of Omani people.

    Additionally, the rest of the fully air conditioned visitor experience deck is also open for the public to explore.

    From the welcome area, which introduces the new vessel through a short movie and interactive dis­plays, to the international cafe, which has ice cream, drinks and snacks for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.

    Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, char­itable organization registered in Germany.

  • Port of Salalah handled just under 3.5m teu in 2009, a substantial increase on the 3m teu throughput of 2008.

    Salalah's versatility beats the slump

    From a modest start in 1997, the Omani container transhipment port has achieved consistent double-digit growth

    FOR a growing number of ships' crew, the port of Salalah looming on the horizon is a welcome sight after an unpleasant and often prolonged encounter with pirates.

    The Omani port, perhaps better known as a key container transhipment hub on the Arabian Sea, is often used as the first port of call for vessels whose crew have just been released from the clutches of Somali pirates following a ransom payment.

    The port also plays host as a supply base for the visiting warships that provide protective escorts for merchant shipping in the sea lanes.

    From that dual role has emerged another, one as an intelligence network for masters — both military and civilian — to exchange information on possible pirate sightings and near misses.

    Port of Salalah chief executive Peter Ford explains: "Salalah is the best place to come after a vessel has been boarded, a ransom paid and the crew is released, because it is the only safe place or refuge in the area.

    "Also, the International Task Force often uses the port as a base. We have a significant number of warships of all nations coming in and out of our port, which makes it a very safe bubble.

    Mr Ford continues: "What we have started in the last month is to build on that safety aspect and to make it even better for our customers, who still have to go through a dangerous area. As the port authority, our pilots meet face-to-face with the master of every vessel that comes into the port.

    "We started gathering that face-to-face intelligence in order to pass it back to the taskforce for better redirection of assets and focus. When they come on board to take a ship in, the pilots talk to the master and ask about any suspicious activity, any skiffs that they have seen or even a vessel that did not approach them."

    This information is relayed back to the port authority and then designated on a map with an accompanying report, which is sent to the taskforce to assess as necessary.

    But it is not one-way traffic, says Mr Ford, as the pilots are feeding back information from the taskforce, not just to individual vessels, but to the regional operations centres that direct and control merchant shipping.

    "They are very appreciative of that data. It means they can assess better the risks with that information and route their vessels appropriately."

    It is not an accident of geography that Salalah — 1,000 km south of Omani capital Muscat — plays such an important role in intelligence gathering in the battle against piracy.

    In the 1990s, the industrial-scale container hub was built on the site of a fishing harbour, with the sole intention of capturing Middle East transhipment traffic, with Sea-Land and AP Moller-Maersk as the anchor customers.

    AP Moller-Maersk's container handling subsidiary, APM Terminals, is a 30% shareholder in the port of Salalah, with the Omani government holding 20% and the remainder held by both private investors and investment funds.

    "It took a lot of convincing to persuade people that building a huge port in the middle of the desert was a good idea," says Mr Ford.

    "Salalah doesn't have a local market and at that time was not a major destination for shipping lines.

    "In 1997, it was just desert with a small amount of general cargo terminal. So, to convince the Omani government and the container world that this was going to be a worthwhile, multibillion-dollar investment for a transhipment terminal took quite some doing."

    From those modest and ambitious beginnings in 1997, Salalah handled just short of 3.5m teu in a recession-plagued 2009, registering a substantial increase on the 3m teu throughput of 2008.

    Few ports can boast of such an achievement, although Mr Ford — just a few weeks into the Salalah job from a senior European position at APM Terminals — is not resting on the port's laurels of consistent, double-digit growth.

    And despite the APM Terminals stake in the port, Mr Ford stresses that rubbing shoulders with Maersk Line as a "diversified customer base" are APL, Mediterranean Shipping Co and CMA CGM.

    "We're not only the port authority, but we also operate as a public-private port. We don't lease the terminals out to individual operators but do the whole thing ourselves. It works quite well and allows us to be incredibly flexible and responsive to business needs," he says.

    There is no shortage of planned container capacity in the Middle East, primarily north of the Strait of Hormuz and in the Middle East Gulf, with an estimated minimum 20m teu of annual terminal-handling capacity in the pipeline.

    Salalah, south of the Strait of Hormuz pinch point, has annual terminal capacity for 6m teu and 2.5 km of berth space, but management has plans to expand the port's handling capacity as part of a master plan agreed with the Omani government, which meanwhile has its own ambitions to expand its other port assets along the coastline.

    "Throughput last year was up 11% on 2008 and we expect growth of around 11% this year," says Mr Ford.

    "Some 98% of our cargo is transhipped. The majority of the transfers are Asia to Europe — around 70% — but we do service a huge amount to the markets of India, Pakistan, East and South Africa and, of course, the Middle East Gulf.

    "We will handle somewhere in the order of 900,000 teu to and from the Gulf, 650,000 teu to and from Africa and then about 750,000 teu from India and Pakistan."

    The Port of Salalah master plan already has the backing of all the investors. "The plans are ready to pull the trigger on constructing berths seven, eight and nine," says Mr Ford.

    "The question is, when will we need it? If we look growth as it is today, then we will probably need the extra capacity around 2014, that is if we have volumes growing at 15% per annum. But if we have a slightly lower growth rate, then the timescale is a couple of years longer."

    At a time when pouring concrete for new container capacity is not the favoured option, he is looking to streamline container handling processes at Salalah to "arrive at the best possible solution in the fastest possible time, and eliminate waste and variances from your processes".

    Building on similar experience in Europe as chief operating officer, Mr Ford expects to squeeze out a further 15% of additional annual handling capacity at Salalah. "Customers crave consistency, they crave good service but more than anything they crave consistency; the ability to deliver what the terminal will deliver when they call.

    "What I found in Europe was that there is a high amount of variation in terminals as a whole."

    As part of the process in Europe, APM Terminals "reaped significant benefits for both the customer and for us on the bottom line," he says, adding: "First we eliminate waste and standardise the product. This will be our major focus in Salalah."

    As a transhipment hub, Mr Ford knows that competition is strong, with lines able to switch their business for the best deal: "We compete in a difficult and fickle market. Transhipment can be carried out in a particular area, and lines can move within a certain geographic boundary without impacting their network.

    "But Salalah is a great place to do business with, and the port is right on the shipping lanes of Asia-Europe trades, without an awful lot of deviation," he adds.

  • The final phase of the expansion will see the Middle Eastern hub with 15m teu of annual handling capacity.

    Port of Salalah is planning to add an extra 4m teu container handling capcaity

    THE port of Salalah currently has 6m teu annual handling capacity, with a throughput last year of 3.5m teu, an estimated 3.8m teu this year and a forecast 4.2m teu in 2011.

    The plan is to build an additional 4m teu of handling capacity, which could be increased by a theoretical 15% if process streamlining is applied to the new facilities. The final phase, sometime in the future, will see Salalah with 15m teu of annual handling capacity.

    In tandem with the container expansion, Port of Salalah is pushing ahead with substantial development of the general cargo terminal, with new berths being built alongside the existing breakwater.

    Chief executive of Port of Salalah Peter Ford says: "We have the breakwater in existence. What are not there are the berths.

    "General cargo is the other major success. It is not just double-digit growth year-on-year, it has grown above 20% over the last five years and not from a low base."

    He continues: "Five years ago, the port handled 2.5m tonnes of general cargo and it will be close to 5m tonnes at the end of this year, mostly aggregate, limestone, some livestock and project cargo.

    "We are a good entry point into southern Oman for the oilfields and and also for the major construction projects around Salalah, including a recently finished manufacturing plant for packaging."

    The tender agreement for construction of the general cargo expansion project is closed and work should start in a couple of months and be completed in 18 months.

    "That will add 30m tonnes capacity per year. It is fairly flexible because we see a significant amount of methanol coming into the port, after a production plant was built at Salalah.

    "We see a huge amount of growth in limestone, and we have been approached by a couple of the limestone mining companies that expect to put through 15m tonnes a year for the next couple of years."

    Omani limestone is high quality and is in great demand by Indian steelmakers, who can only source similar quality material from Thailand.

    The two free trade zones at the port will attract additional cargo and allow Salalah to develop as a gateway point, rather than relying on transhipment boxes.

    Oman's neighbour, Yemen, can also be served from Salalah via trucks, although the market is focused more on North Yemen.

    Mr Ford was speaking before the recent events when Yemeni extremists were implicated in the attempt to bomb two parcel freighters.

  • Port of Salalah staff, customers, vendors and port users teamed up with the local community to raise over 80 tons of aid as part of a disaster relief drive to provide much need aid to the 14 million people in Pakistan displaced by devastating floods and in desperate need of water, food, shelter and sanitation. The relief effort consisted of nine fully laden containers of food water clothes and emergency supplies. The first four containers of relief items have reached Karachi and been handed to the National Disaster Management Authority in Islamabad with the remainder expected to arrive shortly.

    Port of Salalah CEO Peter Ford said "Port of Salalah has a long history of supporting communities impacted by natural disasters and other extreme events. In response to events that threaten lives, jobs, business and homes, we typically offer donations and financial support from the company, staff and the local community to the affected areas. Our relief efforts would not have been possible without the support from customers such as Maersk Line, APL and MSC who graciously provided empty containers to pack and deliver the relief goods and without the assistance of the Royal Oman Police, Dhofar Customs for their clearing the donations in a fast, effective and appropriate manner. I express my deepest respect and thanks to all those that contributed and were involved in the relief efforts many of whom donated freely of their time and personal resources to help those in need."

    Club Manager Cyril van de Merwe (2 nd Left) and Public Relations Manager Mohammed Hardan (3 rd Left) helping to store relief supplies.

  • SALALAH . Port of Salalah received the maiden call of the MSC Emanuella. The MSC Emanuella is the newest of the Geneva based Mediterranean Shipping Company super sized container vessels and has a capacity of 13,798 TEU's, a length of 366 meters and a gross tonnage of 155,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest container vessels in the world.

    The MSC Emanuella was delivered in September 2010 and is on its maiden "LION" Service between Far East and Northern Europe. The vessel arrived at Salalah from Singapore and is scheduled to travel through the Suez to Europe after departing Salalah. The vessel was met by senior members of the port and the captain received a commemorative plaque to mark the vessel's maiden call to Salalah.

    Peter Ford, Chief Executive Officer for Port of Salalah said "we are delighted to receive the maiden call from the MSC Emanuella which is one of the largest vessel in the world. The fact that key customers like Mediterranean Shipping Company chose to send their newest and largest vessel to Salalah highlights our excellent partnership, underlines Port of Salalah's position as a major regional hub for cargo, and confirms our ability to handle the newest generation of container vessels"

    Port of Salalah Background

    Port of Salalah is Oman's largest port. Managed by APM Terminals the port is a made up of a Container Terminal with 7 berths of up to18m depth and a General Cargo Terminal of 11 berths of up to 16m depth. Development and expansion of both terminals is ongoing and will double the port's capacity over the next four years.

    For further information about the Port of Salalah:

    info@salalahport.com

    www.portofsalalah.com

  • The unaudited consolidated finanacial results of Salalah Port Services Co. (SAOG) and its subsidiary for the six month period ended 30 June 2009 is available in the following links.

    Audited Financial Satement 2010_Q3

    Audited Financial Statement 2010_Q2

    Audited Financial Statement 2010_Q1

    Audited Financial Statements 2009

    Unaudited H1 2009

    Unaudited H1 2009 Arabic

  • Port of Salalah

    Operations Notice

    1/2009

    28th March 2009

    From: Operations Department Phone: Tel:23219500 ext: 191/188

    Fax: 23219087

    Email: Gate&CFS@Salalahport.com

    To: All Port Users

    NOTICE TO PORT USERS

    Gate Hours

    Attention of all port users is drawn that effective 1 st April 2009 the port gate hours will be from 08:00 till 20:00 Saturday till Thursday.

    For any questions, please contact the Port of Salalah Gate Operations Tel23219500 ext: 191/188

    Dustin Stoker

    Operation Manager

  • Port of Salalah has received the maiden call of the Cunard Line flagship the Queen Mary 2 "QM2". With a gross tonnage of 151,400 and capacity of carrying 2,600 passengers and 1,300 crew members, the QM2 is one of the largest passenger ships in history.

    Currently on a world cruise The QM2 began services in 2004 as the largest liner ever built. The QM2 is a sophisticated ocean liner that boasts the most modern luxuries and amenities, carrying her guests in degrees of comfort from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury. Onboard facilities include the only Canyon Ranch Spa Club on the sea, a Cultural Enrichment Programme, world class entertainment, Kennels for pets, the largest ballroom at sea, the only planetarium at sea and the elegant Mayfair shops. Each cabin is equipped with the internet and computer system to inform passengers of the daily on-board attractions and menus from the wide range of restaurants.

    Mr Ahmed Akaak, Deputy Chief Executive Officer said Chief Operating Officer for Port of Salalah said "we are delighted to receive the maiden call from the Queen Mary 2 and for Salalah to be picked as a destination on her world cruise. The call of the QM2 serves to highlight Salalah's growing reputation as a worldwide travel destination and Port of Salalah's status as a multi-user facility catering to all types of seafaring vessel"

    Port of Salalah Background

    The Port of Salalah is Oman's largest port. Managed by APM Terminals the port is a made up of a Container Terminal with 6 berths of up to18m depth and a General Cargo Terminal of 12 berths of up to 16m depth. Development and expansion of both terminals is ongoing and will double the port's capacity over the next four years.

    For further information about the Port of Salalah:

    info@salalahport.com

    www.portofsalalah.com

  • SALALAH. MT YANASENI a 114 meters bulk carrier made its maiden call at Port of Salalah delivering 2000 MT of liquid MEG (Mono Ethylene Glycol) to OCTAL Petrochemicals. The MEG will be used to manufacture PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and sheet manufacturing at OCATAL's new plant at the Salalah Free Zone. Octal Petrochemicals' production plant was built at an initial cost of US$300 million. Total investment is set to rise to as much as US$1.2 billion upon completion with net exports expected to reach US$1.1 billion by 2011. Currently Octal is investing $50 million in the first liquid chemicals terminal in Salalah. Two 5,000 MT stainless steel tanks will be built at the port and will be used to hold MEG deliveries before it is transported 1.6 km through an underground pipeline to OCTAL's main processing plant.

    Ali Shamas, General Manager of the Port of Salalah General Cargo Terminal said: "I am delighted to welcome the first MEG vessel to Salalah. The commitment that OCTAL Petrochemicals has shown to the port and the region with their facilities only serves to demonstrate that Salalah's excellent geographical location is well suited to grow all types of industry and cargo types well into the future."

    George Freiji, ………….said; "I would like to congratulate everyone involved from SGS, GAC, Port of Salalah and Octal for all their efforts that lead to a flawlessly executed job. Hopefully, this first milestone will only strengthen the cooperation and partnership between our organizations"

    Octal Background: Octal Petrochemicals was established in 2006 as the first company in the Salalah Free Zone and is rapidly becoming the world's largest producer of PET sheet and the Middle East's largest producer of PET resins. With state-of-the-art manufacturing based in the Salalah Free Zone, Oman, Octal has sales and customer support facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia

    ………………..

    www.octal.com

    Port of Salalah Background

    The Port of Salalah is Oman's leading and busiest port. In 2007 we handled 2.6 million containers and 2.7 million tonnes of bulk and general cargo. Our ongoing development and expansion of the port will double the port's capacity over the next four years.

    For further information about the Port of Salalah:

    info@salalahport.com

    www.portofsalalah.com

  • Enhanced facility will be capable of handling latest generation of container vessels

    Singapore, Salalah 4 February 2009: Container shipping leader APL and Port of Salalah have today announced the creation of a 50:50 joint venture to operate a new two-berth container terminal.

    The JV will start operations in 2011, after completion of the planned expansion of the container terminal at the Port of Salalah, which is both the facility owner/operator and port authority.

    The JV covers a 28-hectare deepsea facility that will have a total quay length of 700 metres and an annual capacity of 1.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). It will be capable of servicing container vessels of more than 10,000 TEU.

    Commenting on the deal, Ron Widdows the Group CEO of APL's parent company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), said: "The partnership with Port of Salalah is part of our long-term commitment to enhance our service to customers. Salalah's location on the southwest coast of Oman makes it one of the most ideal transshipment hubs connecting the East-West container routes to the fast-growing Middle East and South Asia regions."

    The CEO of Port of Salalah, Martijn van de Linde said: "Having partnered with APL since 2003, we are pleased to announce a strengthening of our relationship and the execution of this joint venture agreement. This agreement ensures guaranteed access to capacity for APL in one of the world's most desirable locations for transshipment. For Port of Salalah it secures the customer base and related organic growth for the long term. Having a partner such as APL that shares our enthusiasm for the future of the port of Salalah is a positive thing for both companies as well as for the Dhofar region and the Sultanate of Oman as a whole."

    APL Terminals President, Steve Schollaert, said: "This positive conclusion is the result of a real team effort between Port of Salalah and APL. Salalah will be a crucial addition to our global terminals network, which is key to ensuring we can provide high-quality container shipping services to our customers into the future."

    Mr Widdows added: "This deal will enable us to acquire new business and complements the network of other arrangements we have in the Middle East region that are vital to our service capability, including into the Arabian Gulf where it will enhance what we already do."

    The Port of Salalah began operations in 1998 and currently has six container berths, with a capacity of 4.5 million TEU.

    Port of Salalah has a 30-year concession to operate the port and also acts as the Port Authority. APM Terminals owns 30% of Port of Salalah, with public and private Omani interests owning the balance.

    The JV will invest in super post panamax cranes and other container handling equipment and systems.

    The Salalah investment will be an important addition to APL's extensive global portfolio of terminals, which includes wholly owned terminals on the US West Coast (Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and Dutch Harbor), Japan (Kobe and Yokohama) and Taiwan (Kaohsiung), as well as joint venture interests in Thailand (Laem Chabang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City). APL is also part of the consortium that won in 2007 the concession to operate the first container terminal of Maasvlakte 2 in Rotterdam.

  • The Port of Salalah Maintenance Service Department today began the handing over of four new super-post-panamax quay cranes and five rubber-tired gantry cranes to the ports Operations Department for immediate use along the ports recently completed fifth and sixth berths. Both Cranes and RTG's were manufactured by ZPMC in China. The cranes have been manufactured, delivered, tested and commissioned in just 13 months from the signing of the contract. The cranes have an outreach of 68.5 meters across 23 containers and can hoist 65 tons making them amongst the largest in the world.

    Mr. Ron Burch, Senior Engineering Manager for the port said "The Quay Cranes have been commissioned and put into operation in only 30 days from being off-loaded from the delivery vessel in Salalah. For any port this is a noteworthy achievement. This has been an exceptionally challenging project for all those concerned and I am proud to say the team in Salalah did an exceptional job. The arrival of these cranes which can reach across 23 containers strongly reconfirms the management strategy to build for the future by employing state of the art equipment and facilities"

    Port of Salalah Background

    The Port of Salalah is Oman's largest port. Managed by APM Terminals the port is a made up of a Container Terminal with 6 berths of up to18m depth and a General Cargo Terminal of 12 berths of up to 16m depth. Development and expansion of both terminals is ongoing and will double the port's capacity over the next four years.

    For further information about the Port of Salalah:

    info@salalahport.com

    www.portofsalalah.com

    Mr. Martijn van de Linde, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Salalah said "The new cranes are timely and will play a major role in enhancing our vessel productivity and capacity in order to prepare us for new opportunities and additional volumes at Salalah."

  • Port of Salalah has taken delivery of four new super-postpanamax quay cranes and five rubber-tired gantry cranes. The cranes will be deployed along the ports recently completed fifth and sixth berths making a total of 21of the world's largest cranes now in Salalah. The ports latest acquisitions will bring the total annual capacity of the port to over 4 million TEU (Twenty Foot Container Equivalent Units). 4 similar cranes are expected in the first quarter 2009 and will complete the super-structure that has been planned for the ports first 6 berths. Development of "Terminal 2" has begun and will see an additional 3 container berths constructed by 2012.

    The ports newest cranes were made by the Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC). With a twin-lift capability, the quay cranes have an outreach of 68.5 meters across 23 containers and can hoist 65 tons.

    Mr. Martijn van de Linde, CEO of Port of Salalah said " These new state of the art cranes will enhance our existing equipment to ensure we are able to offer our customers the high level of productivity and flexibility they need in a period when maximizing efficiency and reducing cost is at the forefront of every company's strategy".

  • SALALAH. Port of Salalah received the maiden call of the Mediterranean Shipping Company vessel M/v SOLA, which is the largest vessel to ever call at Salalah, with a length of 367 meters and a carrying capacity of 11,700 TEU (Twenty Foot Container Equivalent Units). The M/v Sola is currently operating eastbound on the Asia - Europe "JADE" service.

    Mr. Martijn van de Linde, CEO of Port of Salalah said "I am delighted to welcome the M/v Sola to Salalah. Receiving calls from some of the world's largest container vessels underlines the ports ideal geographical location along the east-west trade lane and its commitment to meet the challenges of today and opportunities of tomorrow".

  • The Port of Salalah's General Cargo Terminal received the MV Yusho Spica the first Panamax limestone vessel to call at the port. The 228m bulk vessel took on 73,000 tonnes of limestone on its maiden call at Salalah. Operations went very well with over 18,000 tonnes loaded a day. The ability to handle such a large bulk vessel was made possible by the ports investment in new mobile harbor cranes that are able to work on both containerized and non-containerized cargo and provide flexibility to both the ports terminals with their ability to lift heavy loads and move from berth to berth. The General Cargo Terminal Operations Manager, Mr. Hatim Fadhil said "It's the first time in our history that the Port of Salalah has handled such a large bulk vessel and the call of the MV Yusho Spica demonstrates the port's capacity for large bulk ships as well as containers ships. The local limestone is of the highest quality and has led to limestone becoming one of our largest bulk exports in recent years."

    The General Cargo Terminal has seen double digit growth for seven consecutive years and is being expanded with new deepwater berths and facilities that will cater to the multiple cargo types handled at the port well into the future.

  • Please click here for the article available in PDF format, published in 'Maersk Post' - the corporate magazine of the A.P.Moller - Maersk Group.

  • Please click here for the Press Release of this annoucement in PDF format.

  • Please click here for the APM Terminals 2007 Annual Review in PDF format.

  • Please click here for the AP Moeller-Maersk Group - Summary Annual Report 2007 in PDF format.

  • Lloyds List: The Port of Salalah is well-established as one of the leading transhipment hubs in the Middle East. Last year, the port handled around 2.64m teu, an increase of more than 10% compared with the 2.39m teu recorded in 2006. A key factor in this increase was the opening of a fifth deepwater berth at the port in 2007. This berth is equipped with six more super post-panamax gantry cranes that can work vessels with containers stacked 23 across on deck. Regional marketing manager Morten Lund said: "The port of Salalah has been operating at a level close to maximum throughput capacity for the last couple of years, and this has limited our ability to increase throughput from existing customers, let alone open the port up to other shipping lines. "The inauguration of the new berth last year meant we could enjoy immediate growth from our current customers."

    The port currently has three main customers for container transhipment . These are Maersk Line, Safmarine and APL. At present, the Port of Salalah has five mainline container berths, offering over 1,700 m of continuous quay wall, with water depths alongside down to 18 m. These facilities are equipped with 17 post-panamax cranes, as well as a substantial number of RTGs. This year, Port of Salalah will open Berth Six, which will introduce a further section of 450 m of quay wall, again with an 18 m water depth. Four additional super post-panamax gantry cranes will also be commissioned at this stage, while the total number of RTGs at Berths Five and Six will rise to 34. In all, the two new berths will increase Salalah's annual throughput capacity by 2m teu, and total capacity will thus reach around 4.5m teu annually. These berths are served by a new approach channel, with an 18.5 m draft and a 800 m diameter turning circle. Further expansion, involving a minimum of three more container berths — Berths Seven, Eight and Nine — has been approved and is in the design stage. These will have a total length of 1,350 m and an 18 m water depth and equipment will include 15 more super post-panamax gantry cranes as well as 45 RTGs. When they are operational, the three berths will provide Salalah with the ability to handle an additional 2.8m teu a year. As a result, total throughput capacity at the port will rise to 7.3m teu.

    This part of the project will involve creating a further approach channel to the north of the existing terminal, with an18.5 m draft, and a 650 m diameter turning circle. The new berths themselves will back on to the new Berths Five and Six. The Port of Salalah is also expanding general cargo handling facilities in the port. A new 507 m long berth is under development, with a 16 m draft alongside, and an additional yard area of 211,000sq m is being created. Additional cargo handling capacity is also being provided by the acquisition of marine loading arms capable of handling 3,000 tonnes an hour of bulk liquids, a 2,000 tonnes per hour bulk aggregate conveyor loading system and a 300 tonnes per hour vacuum handling system for bulk cargoes. At the end of 2007, capacity at the general cargo terminal was around 2.5m tonnes a year. The aim is to raise this to 5m tonnes a year by 2014.

  • Lloyds List: PHASE one of the Salalah Free Trade Zone project has now been completed on a site of around 260 ha, out of the 1,500 ha of land available for the zone adjacent to Salalah port.

    Although marketing of the zone has so far been at a relatively low key level, it has already been successful in attracting some significant investment projects. Around 90% of this first stage is in fact already leased, with four major projects signed up. Octal Petrochemicals is setting up a polymer products manufacturing facility on the site and has started exporting PET-Film via the Port of Salalah. Construction of a factory that will manufacture the PET resins as a raw material is now under way. The US-based company has pledged around $1bn of investment in the Salalah Free Trade Zone, and will create around 850 jobs on the site.

    In addition, the zone will be home to the Salalah Methanol project, which is being undertaken by the Oman Oil Co. Production of methanol is due to start in the first half of 2010 at an initial rate of 3,000 tonnes per day, using liquefied natural gas supplied by Oman Oil. The size of the investment in the Salalah Methanol Project will be around $900m and it is expected to employ around 400 people once it is operational. Dunes Oman is a company backed by Brakes India and will operate a foundry inside the zone, capable of producing 17,500 tonnes of ductile iron and grey iron castings annually, for the automotive industry. The fourth confirmed investor is Dofar Nutraceuticals, which will target the global market for food supplements and energy drinks.

    Awadh Salim Al-Shafrani, chief executive officer of the Salalah Free Trade Zone Authority, said: "Salalah Free Trade Zone is on a fast-track development course. "Although we are yet to launch a global marketing campaign, the result achieved in a brief span of time are remarkable." He pointed out that the Royal Decree to set up the free zone was only issued in June 2006.

    Phase two of the project is expected to commence shortly. This will focus on a second parcel of land in the Adhan area, close to the Salalah Hilton. It is expected that developments on this site will include warehousing units, leased offices, the Salalah Free Trade Zone's own headquarters and a Commercial Zone. Mr Al-Shafrani said: "We are open for any investment that supports the objectives of the sustainable economic and trade development of Oman.

    "Salalah's geographic and geo-political advantages are on a par with any other location in the region and companies can enjoy a safe haven for their investments in a peaceful environment. "The zone is well placed to serve markets in Africa, Asia, the US and Europe, and offers significant savings in ocean transport times."

    Salalah Free Trade Zone provides all of the incentives typically offered by free zones in the region, including 100% ownership by foreign investors, exemption from customs duties on raw materials and finished products, no income tax, no restrictions on the transfer and repatriation of income and long term leases.

    One of the unique advantages of the zone, aside from its proximity to the Salalah port complex, is that there is no paid up capital requirement for free zone-based companies.

  • For ISS Oman, 2007 was a very successful year with substantial growth in all its various business sectors. As country manager Jim Robb explained: "The Omani economy has been booming and we have taken steps to take advantage of this economic expansion."

    The main success story for ISS in Oman is its port agency activities where the company turned in a healthy double-digit increase compared with 2006, handling in excess of 400 port calls. A wide range of vessel types were involved, including general cargoships, tankers and naval craft, as well as offshore vessels and dredgers.

    According to Mr Robb: "The offshore market is now really taking off for us. The amount of local construction work is increasing as a result of infrastructure development and cyclone repairs, and this is generating a lot of marine related business." Cruise port calls in Oman represent another area that ISS hopes to develop further, building on the expertise it has gained in other cruise centres around the world.

    A new cruise terminal is being built in Muscat and Mr Robb believes this should give a big boost to the local cruise market, increasing the number of ships calling in the Omani capital. ISS' operations in Oman are largely centred in Muscat, but over the past two years the company has expanded geographically — setting up an office in the port of Sohar as well.

    Manned by dedicated ISS staff, this is already a busy operation, helping ISS to provide a high quality service in an area that is not always easy to operate in. "The volume of cargo is growing through Sohar and will only increase as new projects come on line," said Mr Robb.

    "Having a presence on the ground in Sohar is vital to meeting our customers' needs in this market."

    Looking ahead to this year, ISS Oman will largely focus on consolidating the position of its existing marine services business.

    However, the company is lookingat the possibility of growth in landside logistics, including a potentialexpansion of its current warehousing capacity.

  • Lloyds List: OMAN is one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East, and is, more-over, successfully developing a diversified economic model that relies less heavily on crude oil exports.

    The country's GDP jumped by over8% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2007, according to the latest statistics from the Omani government, and it was the non-oil sector that provided the main stimulus. During this three month period, the non-oil part of Oman's economy expanded by over 18%. By contrast, lower crude oil production caused the oil sector's contribution to economic growth to decline relatively, by around 2%, despite higher crude oil prices. This pattern is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

    Oman's LNG reserves are being successfully exploited and this is one of the fastest growing elements of the economy. LNG exports have risen steadily over the past few years and now account for over 10% of Oman's exports, a figure that will rise still further as more LNG trains are commissioned. The government is also backing investment in a variety of export orientated projects that aim to add value to the country's petrochemical resources.

    Much of this investment is centred around the Sohar complex, where the Sohar Refinery is now operational and where the Sohar Aluminium plant is expected to start production this year. The most recent of many other investment projects in Sohar is the new Al Hafri Sugar Refinery that is to be built within the industrial port of Sohar.

    This will produce around 660,000 tonnes of white sugar a year, serving markets in Africa and Europe as well as Oman. This investment, and its related cargo flows, are expected to further strengthen the position of Sohar as an industrial and container port.

    A similar industrial cluster is envisioned around Duqm, where there are plans to develop an industrial harbour and shiprepair yard. This could also be the site of an important new oil refinery. Oman's economic boom is generating a huge amount of construction activity and this is sucking in imports, to the benefit of those active in Oman's shipping business.

    Higher consumer spending, and government investment in infrastructure generally, are other key drivers behind the country's buoyant import trades. Oman has three main port facilities in Muscat, Salalah and Sohar which are benefiting from the country's economic development.

    To meet the needs of the local economy, there are plans to expand container capacity in Muscat, while work is also under way there on a new cruise terminal to support the country's emerging tourism industry. At Salalah new berths are coming on stream to consolidate its position as one of the leading container hubs in the region while in Sohar bulk, general cargo and container facilities are now operational, the latter operated by the Hutchison Port Holdings-controlled Oman International Container Terminal.

    Salalah is, for the moment, mainly a transhipment centre — serving the needs of Maersk and Safmarine among other lines. However, the success of the Salalah Free Trade Zone, which has attracted well over $1bn of investment, much of it in export orientated businesses, could generate the base cargo necessary to induce more container lines to start calling there. Despite the rapid expansion of the economy, there are still some significant challenges facing Oman. One is inflation, which is widely believed to be running much higher than official statistics suggest.

    The other is unemployment amongst Omani nationals. This is being addressed by a vigorous Omanisation programme as well as by the economic diversification initiatives, which will create thousands of new jobs.

  • The Port of Salalah and APM Terminals is proud to have sponsored teams in the Muscat Community Football League (MCFL) for 10-11 year boys and girls – and pleased to see the teams winning the league, taking the cup and above all fostering friendships across nationalities. MCFL engages more than 450 children playing for 30 teams, supported by coaches, team mums and referees all volunteering to make a difference for the kids. The season was dominated by APM Terminals who won every single game to take the league title.

    The traditional ending to the season is a Cup tournament, and teams from APM Terminals and the Port of Salalah both made it to the finals, so the scene was set for drama as APM Terminals had won the league game with a comfortable 5-0 victory.

    The dramatic match went back and forth with great skill attacking and defending. None the less the final score was a 0-0 draw that took the game to penalties. After 3 saves by the Port of Salalah keeper – that also earned her the “Player of the Tournament Award”, the port’s team could proudly lift the cup.

    Kutaiba al Hatmy from the Port of Salalah said: “The Port of Salalah is proud to sponsor the Muscat Community Football League. The MCFL is all about fun, sportsmanship and friendship and it brings together girls and boys from the entire community – from different areas, schools and nationalities. I congratulate the kids on their excellent achievement, and I thank the coaches, team mums and other volunteers for their efforts to make a difference.”

  • Salalah 12th December 2007: On 11th and 12th December 2007 the Port of Salalah organized the first "Port Operations Basic Awareness" course for the registered shipping agents in and around the port. The first course attracted a dozen shipping agents that all left with a strong understanding of how the port and agents can work together to make a difference for the local trade.

    Ahmed Ba'Omar, Harbor Master and General Manager for Harbor & Maritime Affairs said: "The course was a great success, and we worked hard with the participants on a broad range of topics such as Health & Safety; operational aspects of our Container Terminal, General Cargo Terminal, Port Control and Marine Services; commercial dealings; and financial realities. The port's team had a lot to share, but so did the participants and we all learned a great deal about how we can work together to make a real difference in the local industry."

  • The safety of our people is the top priority. The Port of Salalah marked its drive towards the safety of all colleagues by participating in APM Terminals' "Global Safety Day" on 24th October 2007. All port operations were stopped for 30 minutes to ensure that all staff engaged in discussions on how safe operations can be ensured at the waterfront as well as in the offices. Gary Lemke, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Salalah says: "The Port of Salalah works very hard at achieving operations that are safe for all of us. I am proud to say we have improved our safety records by about 40% over the last year alone, but we have a zero tolerance to accidents, and we believe that any accident can and must be avoided so the work continues."

    Ali Shamas, Senior Manager for Health, Safety, Security & Environment concludes: "It is every colleague's responsibility to be safe, and ensure the safety of others. The event today was a great opportunity to provide a platform for discussions where we could all discuss what this means; what we are doing right today, what we must still do better, and what we can learn from our colleagues at APM Terminals' more than 50 facilities throughout the world."

    The Port of Salalah in Southern Oman is the country's largest container port that serves as a gateway to other ports at the Indian Ocean Rim and the world, as well as the bulk and general cargo port that predominantly caters for importers and exports in Dhofar and Salalah. The port is managed by APM Terminals, a leading global container terminal owner and operator of more than 50 terminals.

    For further information about the Port of Salalah: www.salalahport.com Morten Lund, Regional Manager Sales & Marketing morten.lund@salalahport.com For further information about APM Terminals: www.apmterminals.com Tom Boyd, Director Corporate Communications thomas.h.boyd@apmterminals.com

  • The Port of Salalah has introduced a new simplified user friendly Container Terminal Tariff, that is applicable to all vessels and cargo handling at the port's container terminal. In addition to stevedoring charges, it also included a new so-called "all in" marine charge.

    For further details, please review the new Container Terminal Tariff in the "Port Tariff" section of the website, or contact Marketing Department at: mktg@salalahport.com.

  • The new Port of Salalah Container Terminal Tariff will be implemented 1st August 2007, the new tariff is applicable to all vessels and cargo handling at the port's container terminal. The new Container Terminal Tariff has been prepared to be simple, clear and user friendly. In addition to stevedoring charges, it also included a new so-called "all in" marine charge.

    Stevedoring and marine activities at the Port of Salalah's General Cargo Terminal will not be impacted by the tariff for the time being. For further details, please review the new Container Terminal Tariff in the "Port Tariff" section of the website, or contact Marketing Department at: mktg@salalahport.com.

  • Port of Salalah and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) held a joint workshop to formulate a joint strategy for future vessel calls as well as to improve their existing lines of communications and obtain a better understanding of each other's business processes. The workshop was held at the MSC planning centre in Sorrento, Italy and attendees coming from as far afield as Geneva, Salalah and Dubai included members of MSC and the ports planning teams, operations staff and commercial the teams. The Port of Salalah team was led by the Operations Manager Mr. Dustin Stoker.

    MSC began calling at the Port of Salalah in June 2008 and the workshop was aimed at strengthening the business relationship by learning about each other's business processes and priorities. Workshop topics included the inception of daily game plan meetings, improving of EDI interfacing & web access, yard strategies and vessel planning.

    Mr. Dustin Stoker Operations Manager for Port of Salalah said "I think I speak for all of us from Port of Salalah when I say that the workshop was invaluable in giving us an opportunity to have an open dialogue with MSC. We and MSC now have a valuable insight into each others processes and have agreed on strategies and measures that will streamline the work from both sides and improve on the efficiency and communications"

    Mr. Brian Paul, Chief Commercial Officer of Port of Salalah Said "MSC is fairly new to the APM Terminals group. This ties in perfectly at Port of Salalah with an integral part of our strategy for development, which is to understand our customers, not just as a port user but as a business partner with shared goals. We chose to hold a workshop as a forum where the key people involved in the planning and executing of a vessel call would have a chance to share solution based dialogue to better understand each other's business as well as improve on the existing processes through streamlining of work, problem solving and joint planning"

  • Port of Salalah has taken delivery of an additional four super post panamax quay cranes bringing the total to eight of the mammoth cranes received in 2009 and completing the super-structure for the ports existing six berths.

    The ports latest cranes are identical to the cranes received in January 2009 and have twin-lift capability, an outreach of 68.5 meters across 23 containers and can hoist 65 tons. The addition of these cranes brings the ports total to 25 super post panamax gantry cranes and will increase the ports capacity to 6 million TEU (twenty foot container equivalent units) per annum.

    Commissioning of the cranes is expected to take approximately one month and the port plans to have them operational by the end of April 2009. The commissioning will be done by a joint team made up of the ports Engineering Department, specialists from Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery Company (ZPMC), who manufactured the cranes, and engineers from APM Terminals Crane & Engineering Services.

    Martijn van de Linde, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Salalah said "These are the most modern cranes in the world today. Port of Salalah continues to grow despite the tough current economic climate and this latest acquisition of equipment will allow us to provide additional capacity to handle the future growth in both transshipment and import and export cargo, whilst allowing us to improve efficiency and productivity to our existing customers during an important time in our development."

  • The Port of Salalah's General Cargo Terminal received the maiden call of the M.V Nord Empathy a vessel exporting Limestone for Majan Mining Company. The first shipload of 55,000 tonnes of bulk limestone is being loaded and is scheduled to depart Salalah on 19th February delivering its cargo to customers in India . Majan Mining Company which is an Omani company has plans to export up to 2 million tonnes of limestone cargo in 2009.

    Ali Shamas, General Manager of the General Cargo Terminal Said "We are delighted to sign Majan Mining Company as our latest exporter. We have achieved double digit growth each year in bulk cargo for 8 consecutive years. The signing of a new customer that will have regular shipments and bring significant throughput to the port is another significant milestone for us. In recent year we have been expanding the General Cargo Terminal with new deepwater berths and facilities to cater for multiple cargo types. These latest expansions at the General Cargo Terminal offer excellent facilities for bulk and liquid cargoes and are positive developments for the long-term future of the Port and the Free Zone".

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