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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Active Members

The Port of Salalah, Oman

Port of Salalah

Working Member

The Port of Salalah, Oman

General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam
Mr. Naeem Bin Ibrahim El-Naeem


The Port of Salalah is the largest port in Oman. Situated in the Dhofar Governorate, on the Arabian Sea which is on the northern part of the Indian Ocean, it is centrally located at the crossroads of trade between Asia and Europe.


Port of Salalah, operating since November 1998 and recognised globally as a leading transshipment hub positioned among the world’s top ports, continues to play a vital role in the economic future of the Sultanate of Oman.

The port is partly owned and managed by APM Terminals, one of the largest container terminal operators in the world.

Strategically located at the major East-West Shipping Lane, the Port of Salalah is viewed as the region’s best located port in order to access the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and East Africa.

Port of Salalah is a made up of a Container Terminal with seven berths of up to 18m draft and a General Cargo Terminal of twelve berths of up to 16m draft, with infrastructure to handle the world’s largest container vessels, as well as bulk cargo, bunkering and warehousing.

Excellent infrastructure and a proven track record for efficient operations at the Port of Salalah complement its strategic location. In Oman, it is among the top publicly-traded companies, as well as the largest private sector employer in the Governorate of Dhofar.

The number of berths in the port is 39, including:

  • General cargo berths-containers and RO-RO berths.
  • Grain and fodder berths.
  • Unpacked cargo berths, cooled cargo berths and general cargo berths.

The depth of sea waters in such berths ranges from 9 up to 14 meters, while its total length is 7837 meters. Such berths are provided with modern equipment and installations for cargo handling and stowage, in addition to carrying it from the port, also forklift and other electronic lifts of different types, some of which are of 3.2.15 tons capacity. Moreover, lifts for unloading grains, receiving dock with a length reaching 4000 meters and the sea depth along the dock ranging between 4.5 and 6 meters.

They are represented in Authorities, associations, councils and administrations working in the field of the Arab Sea Ports facilities.

Berth Properties

Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Port Characteristics

Location plays a major part in Salalah’s attraction as an investment destination.

Port of Salalah offers almost zero deviation from the major trade lanes of Asia-Europe, and equidistant to the growing markets of East Africa, Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian Gulf. Our location guarantees our customers with transit times that are better than other competing ports in the region.

This makes it advantageous for major shipping lines to use Salalah as a gateway for their regional networks and thereby saves cost.

Our connectivity includes a network of the world’s biggest shipping lines, including Maersk, MSC, USAC and others to reach the world. This connectivity, of over 3,200 vessels per year, allows our customers to reach over 50 direct ports internationally – all from the Salalah location.

For our part, we will continue to extend and explore joint opportunities with the Salalah Free Zone and thus play a significant role in the development of the Dhofar Governorate.

The port harbour spans more than 550 hectares and can handle vessels with a total length of more than 180 m and a draft of 10 m. The port can handle about 4 million tonnes of cargo annually. Tripoli port comprises a general cargo berth covering 40 m and 30 berths for handling containerised cargo with a total length of more than 3000 m.

Engineering Features / Productivity Features

Berth NoLength (m)MPD* Depth
1, 2, 3, 4122716 m
5, 690018 m
21, 22, 23,52010 m
242008 m
25, 263355 m
271155 m
286710 m
292905 m
30, 3160016 m
32 – 3333018 m
34 – 3530018 m

MPD: Maximum Permissible Draught

The new Administration of the Port of Tripoli has pledged to develop and update the Port both in operation performance and delivery of services, with the aim to better serve and facilitate the transactions of the Port’s clientele. This Administration proceeded with a full renovation of the entire infrastructure including water, electricity, internal pass ways and warehouses. Vacancies in Human Resources were also filled. It is currently executing a plan to update and upgrade its Information Technology infrastructure to encompass the Administrative, Financial, and Commercial operations. In addition, Tariffs were carefully revised so that the cost of services offered by the Port become an unavoidable option when it comes to shipping in the Eastern basin of the Mediterranean sea. The aim of this Administration is to turn the Port of Tripoli into a Corporation that is organized, modern, and dynamic, with the required agility to be responsive to futur requirements for update and change, in order to attend to the interests of the Port’s clientele. Large development projects, especially the construction of the new Berth which is 1,200 m long and 15 m deep with an accompanied land area of 600,000 m2, will definitely elevate the status of the Port of Tripoli to become at par with International Ports, and to occupy a prominent position on the international shipping map. A- Warehouses and Yards
  • 4 Warehouses for dry drainage goods, with an area of 11,000 m2
  • 10 Warehouses for dry drainage goods and Wood, with an area of 17,500 m2
  • 5 Yards to store vehicles, with an area exceeding 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard to store Containers, with an area of 10,000 m2
  • 1 Yard for general purpose, with an area of 15,000 m2
  • 2 Yards with an area of 3,000 m2to store fir wood
B- Port Equipment
  • 6 Mobile cranes with capacity of 125-165 Tons
  • 7 Mobile cranes with capacity of 100-120 Tons
  • 10 Mobile cranes with capacity of 70-90 Tons
  • 20 Mobile cranes with capacity of 40-65 Tons
  • 11 Mobile cranes with capacity of 25-38 Tons
  • 15 gafs for drainage goods
  • 24 Forklifts
  • 8 Bulldozers
  • 30 Trucks
  • 4 Tractors
  • Equipment for stowage of dry drainage goods
C- Water Supply
  • 8 outlets to supply ships with water using modern technologies
  • A shalon with a reservoir to supply ships with water inside and outside the basins (this service is provided by the guidance station)
D- Electric Power Supply
  • electric lamps in all the parts of the Port
  • 20 lamps that work on solar energy
  • Electric power supply on demand for ships and goods according to the adopted fees
E- Security and Guardianship
  • 40 security guards that work 24/24 to protect and guard the Port and the Free Zone
  • A network of surveillance cameras with a fiber optics infrastructure, currently under construction
F- Parkings
  • Administration and visitor parking with a capacity for 50 vehicles
  • Transit and Free Zone parking, with a capacity for 100 trucks
G- Toilets
  • 4 washrooms and toilets distributed around the Port (under construction)
H- Duty-Free Market
  • A Duty-Free market with an area of 880 m2, developed by Interwoods Company.
I- Other Services
  • 3 Cafeterias to serve the Administration building and the Berths
  • A Hospital – under construction
  • An office for the Workers’ Union
Length of Navigational Channel14Miles
Width of Navigational Channel400Meters
Total port area181000000Square Meters
Water Area174.160.000Square Kilometers
Land area6.840.000Square Kilometers
Total area of container yards1545000Square meters
Total area of opened area yards2391850Square meters
Total area of covered storing yards181000Square meters
Tankers areaNot availableSquare meters

Development Plan

Port of Salalah exemplifies the strategic vision of the Government of Oman to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and achieve a diversified economic base to secure the nation’s long-term development.

We see our facilities primarily as a trade enabler which makes it faster and less costly to move products in and out of the country.

An unwavering emphasis on recruitment of local Omanis and procurement of local goods and services has helped fuelled the growth of the local economy. The port is counted as the largest private-government employer in the governorate of Dhofar, southern Oman.

The rapidly growing East Africa and India markets will further enhance our role in port centric logistics as a secure and efficient way to serve both markets from one hub location while still being directly connected to the developed markets of the US, Europe, and Asia.

Our vision is to be The Port Of Choice for Oman’s trade with the World.

Our mission can be summed up as follows:

  • Providing efficient and reliable service to our customers
  • Offering our colleagues a safe and inspiring place to work
  • Contributing to local society and the Sultanate of Oman

Delivering our shareholders sustainable and profitable growth

Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Cargo Handling2000000Thousand Tons/Year
Maximum Total Designed Capacity For Containers Handling (TEU)900000TEU/Year
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Draft)14Meters
Largest Received Vessel (According To Its Length)300Meters
Container Handling Rate2465TEU/Day
General Cargo Stevedoring Rate38356Tons/Day
Working Hours113974Hour
General Cargo Handled During The Year 20053850Thousand Tons
Containerized Handled Cargo During The Year 20058529Thousand Tons
Dry Bulk Cargo3882Thousand Tons
Liquid Bulk Cargo57Thousand Tons
Number Of Handled TEU During894809Thousand Tons/Container
Number Of Passengers During 2005-Passengers


AddressOffice d'Exploitation du Port de Tripoli
Email Addressinfo@oept.gov.lb