Port of Salalah commissions new equipment to increase efficiency
This year, the Port of Salalah in Oman commissioned sixteen new eco-efficient rubber-tired gantry cranes (RTGs) from ZPMC and three new mobile harbor cranes from Liebherr.
This has allowed the port to expand its operations, improve container and general cargo handling, and reduce the environmental impact of the terminal.
The contract with ZPMC and Liebherr is part of a wider investment in expanding future port capacity to ensure the terminal is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to support local and international business customers.
This agreement aligns with Oman’s Vision 2040, aimed at making infrastructure a key economic instrument to further develop the transport and logistics sector.
Reducing fuel consumption by 20%, the new RTGs are an important step in the terminal’s long-term plan to eliminate carbon emissions. They are equipped with the latest Siemens technology and are capable of lifting 41 tonnes, with six wide stacking lanes plus truck lanes.
They can be fully monitored remotely and are integrated with the asset scanning system currently installed in the terminal to monitor production and efficiency. In addition, they have laser anti-collision systems to ensure the protection of machines and pedestrians.
“Innovation and improvement are at the heart of our port-centric solutions. Our investment in the latest RTGs and mobile harbor cranes demonstrates our long-term commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and cargo handling services while accommodating existing and new commerce,” said Mark Hardiman, CEO of the Port of Salallah.
In the latest Container Port Performance Index (CPPI 2020) produced by the World Bank’s Global Transport Practice, the Port of Salalah achieved world-class efficiency, ranking 6th out of 351 ports globally. “The new equipment will help us continue to expand our capabilities, capacity, efficiency and meet increased demand,” concludes Mark Hardiman.
The Port of Salalah Container Terminal has a 2.4 km container quay and seven berths up to 18 m draft. Its infrastructure can accommodate the largest container ships in the world, as well as bulk cargo, bunkering and warehousing. The terminal has an annual capacity of 5 million TEUs and is considered the best-located port in the region for access to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and East Africa.
APM Terminals has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Oman to build and operate this world-class container facility until 2028. APM Terminals owns a 30% stake in port operating company Salalah Port Services. Other shareholders include government (20%), government pension funds (23%) and others (27%).
Since then, the port has made significant progress towards achieving world-class operational standards. About US$800 million has been invested in infrastructure.