Salalah Port Resumes Operations, First Container Ship To Arrive On Friday
Port of Salalah announced the resumption of gradual operations in the cargo terminal after completion of the assessment of damages caused by Cyclone Mekunu in Dhofar. Mohammed bin Ofait al Ma’shani, director general, corporate affairs, Port of Salalah said the first container ship is expected to arrive on Friday. He added that the port management is working to ensure that all facilities are in place to start normal services. In a statement, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that a hydrographic survey of the port area was conducted by the Royal Navy of Oman’s Diving Team. “This was done to facilitate the movement of vessels in the port area. It was held as part of the efforts and services provided by us and the Sultan’s Armed Forces to support other sectors in the Governorate of Dhofar,” MoD said. Source: Muscat Daily
Salalah poised to become multi-modal logistics hub
The Sultanate has the infrastructure and capability to develop Salalah as a multi-modal logistics hub that would flourish on the synergy between the port, airport and free zone, according to a top official from Port of Salalah. “We are trying to develop cargo business at Salalah airport and that is part of the Salalah hub strategy. We have the capability to do this at Salalah airport and the port. We can work out a model that will perform in the future,” said Ahmed Ali Akaak, Deputy CEO, Port of Salalah. Once the implementation of this strategy gains momentum there would be more freight flying from Salalah to other parts of the region, he said. “It is a five-hour distance from Africa and the Far East and six hours to Europe and in the middle of emerging markets we can serve”, he added. Once synergy could be achieved between the airport, free zone and port through a unified strategy, these assets could be utilised by the country to anchor more enterprises and look for business opportunities, said Akaak. He said within Asyad (Oman Global Logistics Group) they were working collectively to find ways in which the logistic sector could be utilised to attract investment into the country.
Maersk Line announces Qatar cargo bookings can now resume via Port of Salalah
MAERSK Line has now re-opened acceptance of cargo booking to/from Qatar to be transshipped via Salalah, in Oman, the company announced. "Booking acceptance for cargo to/from Qatar is open for all countries except UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen, in compliance with the government guidelines," said a company statement. The world's biggest shipping line said its customers will soon begin to avail themselves of a feeder to/from Salalah in Oman. The first sailing ex-Salalah is on June 19, and arrives at Doha on June 25, a service that sails every 10 days. Source : SchednetUpload News