The Omani port of Salalah has registered a 29.4 per cent growth in container throughput in 2016 thus retaining its status as one of the region’s preeminent container transshipment hubs, said a report in Oman Observer.
In initial unaudited and unapproved financials published on Thursday, the port announced that container traffic rose to 3.325 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year, up from 2.569 million TEUs in 2015, says the report.
The spike reverses a downtrend in volumes handled at the port’s container terminal, it stated.
Meanwhile, Port of Salalah received 34 cruise ships with 35,524 tourists of various nationalities in 2016 compared to 29,000 in 2015.
Mohammed bin Uffait al Maashani, general manager for corporate affairs at Port of Salalah said that cruise ship traffic was active between April and November 2016.