Port of Salalah Sees 13% Increase in Container Volumes for H1 2020

Port of Salalah Sees 13% Increase in Container Volumes for H1 2020

General Cargo Terminal handles 7.3 million tonnes

The Port of Salalah handled 2,199,000 TEU’s during the first half of 2020 compared to 1,941,000 TEU’s during the same period in 2019, which is an increase of 13%.

Revenues from the Container Terminal also grew by 3% compared to the same period last year. The General Cargo Terminal handled 7,308,000 tons of cargo.

Despite of the negative impact of COVID 19 which significantly affected global economy during Q2, as well as shipping industry and business at ports, the Port of Salalah has been working to achieve higher volumes and expand its logistic services.

Mr. Abdulrahman Salim Al Hatmi, ASYAD Group Chief Executive Officer, stated that these positive results reflect the global pivotal role of the Port of Salalah as a transshipment hub and have mitigated the negative impact of COVID 19 on local markets and ensured the availability of goods.

He added: “The port management strives to maintain the same level of economic performance and trade and navigation activities through expanding to new markets and enhancing connectivity with other regional and international markets.”

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The Port of Salalah secured 3 additional shipping line calls during Q2, 2020 i.e the peak of the COVID19 situation.

These services add increased connectivity to and from Salalah enabling the local trade access to some key regional markets.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has added a call to Salalah on its premium Himalaya Express which provides additional direct connectivity to North Europe, while the JJS service of Global Feeder Shipping has enhanced connectivity to ports in the Red Sea like Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Global Resources and Shipping , a niche operator, has also commenced a regular service into Yemen with plans to expand to other ports where traditional shipping lines cannot serve.

Mark Hardiman, the CEO of Port of Salalah commented: “The new situation due to COVID-19 provides opportunities to enhance Salalah’ s overall value proposition to both the shipping lines and supply chain providers.

"We are working closely with our partners to not only provide new services via Salalah but also develop innovative solutions which adds to the flexibility of the port and resilience of the supply chain during this time of global changes."

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