The Port of Salalah first began operating at what used to be Mina Raysut, in November 1998. The container terminal was then built and the former port became the General Cargo Terminal. The vision behind the Port’s development was to build a world-class container terminal and create a leading transshipment hub in the Middle East.
The speed at which the Port of Salalah has developed is extraordinary. The Government signed a contract with APM Terminals in December 1996 to build and operate the terminal, construction started in April 1997, and a world class container terminal with state-of-the-art equipment was ready for operation in November 1998 with 2 completed berths. Two further berths were delivered 3 months ahead of schedule in April 1999. In May 2007 the Port of Salalah opened berth 5, and berth 6 followed in May 2008. In the few years since its inception, the Port has developed into one of the world's largest container terminals.
In its 10-year history, the Port of Salalah has experienced consistent double-digit growth. The year after our opening, we set the world record for productivity, with more than 250 moves per hour. Today, those high standards continue as our capacity, investment in technology and ability to innovate continues apace. After 10 years of record-breaking experience, we are preparing for an exciting future.
Sultanate of Oman
Oman has a strong, vibrant economy, with a Government that is committed to privatization, offering a pro-business climate for investment.
The Port of Salalah, meanwhile, has become a role model for the Sultanate’s strategic direction of diversification and privatisation. With local nationals comprising the majority of our workforce, the Port of Salalah is committed to not only providing world-class port facilities but also to creating new jobs and Omanisation.
Salalah Port Services Company SAOG is a Public Omani Company with 30% foreign ownership and 70% locally owned. The A.P. Moller - Maersk Group is the largest shareholder with 30%, The Omani Government 20%, Local Private Sector 19%, Government Pension Funds 11% and 20% is traded on the Muscat Securities Market.