Salalah Port invests $249m for expansion

DUBAI - The Omani Port of Salalah has invested some $249 million for the construction of two new berths and a 2.5 km breakwater as part of a major expansion aimed at keeping pace with the projected boom in the region's shipping industry. The project is expected to be completed early 2006.

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Published: Tue 31 Aug 2004, 9:46 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

In June, the port also won a two-year management contract for Jordan's Red Sea Aqaba Container Terminal. Since the end of the war in Iraq, business at Aqaba has grown steadily as reconstruction and aid materials transit through the port. Tonnage in the first four months of the year is up 28 per cent on 2003 at 6.5 million tonnes.

Jack Helton, chief executive officer and general manager of Salalah Port, said: 'We are looking at strong growth across the Gulf, Red Sea, East Africa and the Indian Subcontinent. Over the next ten years we will see more container traffic, larger vessels, more cruise vessels and the emergence of more free zones. The shipping industry globally, and particularly in the Middle East, is booming and we expect that to continue for some time to come.'

He said: 'we are going through a period of rapid expansion and we want the industry to be fully informed about what we offer. Since taking over the management of Aqaba Container Terminal, Iraqi cargo has become very important to us.'

The Port of Salalah will be promoting its services and those of its Aqaba operation to the region's shipping industry at Seatrade Middle East Maritime, which will run from Dec. 6 to 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It has attracted exhibitors from 19 countries so far and growth in the Mideast shipping industry has created increased demand for the region's leading maritime industry event.

Chris Hayman, MD, Seatrade, said: 'All the major regional ports are benefiting from the upturn in business and last year saw an increase in tonnage over 2002 despite the disruption to the industry caused by the Iraqi conflict. Every aspect of the region's maritime industry from ports, to suppliers and insurance, are seeing growth and that has increased support for Seatrade Mideast Maritime 2004 which will be three times the size of last year.'

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