Muscat: The Port of Salalah, Oman’s major regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, recently received four new rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) to stay ahead of the operational needs of customers.
The RTGs incorporate a number of features designed to be safer, more environmentally-friendly and reduce equipment downtime. This procurement is part of the many ongoing initiatives under the terminal asset improvement programme, which also saw the port recently adding 33 new tractor trailers to its fleet.
“Adding these new RTGs is part of our ongoing fleet management programme to ensure that we have the best operational fleet of equipment and capacity to serve the evolving needs of our customers. These new machines demonstrate our commitment to safety, operational leadership and to run an environmentally conscious business that reduces our carbon footprint," Andrew Dawes, CEO of the Port of Salalah, said.
"We are dedicated to the Government of Oman’s success and to deploying the best resources to ensure that Salalah continues to be a catalyst for growth, development and economic prosperity for Oman,” he added.
The four RTGs are expected to be commissioned soon after the completion of operational testing and safety certifications.
Strategically located on the trade crossroads between Asia and Europe and serving the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf, the Port of Salalah offers customers high productivity container terminal operations and general cargo services that are designed to optimise vessel network efficiency and supply chain competitiveness.
APM Terminals operates the facility as part of the company’s global terminal network of high performance ports. Record volumes were handled in 2017 in both the container and general cargo business, with an increase of 18.7 per cent and 4.2 per cent respectively.