Port of Salalah ranked second most efficient port in the world

Business Tuesday 31/May/2022 17:11 PM
By: Times News Service
Port of Salalah ranked second most efficient port in the world
Photo: ONA

Muscat: Port of Salalah has bagged second place in the world in the Container Ports Performance Index (CPPI) report for 2021. The report was issued by the World Bank and Standard & Poor's Global Market Intelligence.

Standard & Poor's Global Market Intelligence has identified the top 100 container ports around the world and collected data on the time-footprint of performance through 164,500 port visits, which included 257.4 million container movements for 826 container terminals in 371 ports around the world based on data availability.

Stressing the importance of achieving this distinction, Mark Hardiman, CEO of Salalah Port, said, “It is an important indicator to measure the efficiency of the port’s handling of customer ships without delay and noted that Port of Salalah plays a key role in the global supply chain by maintaining a smooth flow of goods.

Scott Silman, Operations Manager at Port of Salalah said, “This achievement is the culmination of the transformations that have lasted for four years using LEAN learning tools and the Port’s 'Mode of Work' approach to increase performance and productivity at work.”

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Port of Salalah managed to achieve the record container volume of 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2021.

Port of Salalah has been operating since November 1998 and is recognised globally as a leading transhipment hub positioned among the world's top ports that continue to play a vital role in the economic future of the Sultanate of Oman.

The port is partly owned and managed by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.

Strategically located at the major East-West Shipping Lane, the Port of Salalah is viewed as the region's best-located port to access the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and East Africa.

Port of Salalah is 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, with infrastructure to handle the world's largest container vessels, as well as bulk cargo, bunkering and warehousing.

Excellent infrastructure and a proven track record for efficient operations at the Port of Salalah complement its strategic location. In Oman, it is among the top publicly-traded companies, as well as the largest private sector employer in the Governorate of Dhofar.