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Muscat, Salalah ports cargo volumes surge


The increase recorded at the Salalah Port was a result of growth in total unloaded cargo of 22.4 per cent in the first six months of 2014. Photo: ONA

Muscat: Vessel activity at Port Sultan Qaboos (SPQ) and Salalah Port witnessed growth in terms of unloaded and loaded (export) cargo in the first half of 2014 when compared with the same period in 2013.

The total volume of cargo handled in both ports increased by 2.5 per cent and 34.9 per cent, respectively, when compared with the same period in 2013.

A recently released vessel movement report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) revealed that the total volume of unloaded cargo and loaded export cargo at Port  Sultan Qaboos recorded in the period from January to June 2014 reached 2.81 million tonnes, compared with 2.75 million tonnes handled during the same period in 2013.

The increase is attributed to the growth of total unloaded cargo over the same period by 0.5 per cent, totalling 2.27 million tonnes by the end of June 2014, compared with 2.26 million tonnes by the end of June 2013.

Loaded cargo exports from Port  Sultan Qaboos totalled 540,000 tonnes in the first six months of 2014 when compared with 496,000 tonnes in the same period in 2013, representing a growth of 8.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, unloaded and loaded export cargo at the Salalah Port witnessed a significant increase of 34.9 per cent in the first half of 2014 when compared to the same period last year. The total volume of unloaded cargo and loaded export cargo grew significantly, totalling 5.47 million tonnes when compared to 4.05 million tonnes recorded over the same period in 2013.

The increase recorded at the Salalah Port was a result of a growth in total unloaded cargo of 22.4 per cent in the first six months of 2014, recording 624,000 tonnes, compared with 510,000 tonnes registered over the same period in 2013. Additionally, loaded cargo export from Salalah Port grew by 36.7 per cent during the same period from 3.54 million tonnes in 2013 to 4.48 million tonnes by the end of June 2014.

During the same six month period, the total number of vessels moored at the Sultan Qaboos Port and Salalah Port registered an overall decline of 6.4 per cent, dropping from 1,933 vessels recorded in 2013 to 1,809 vessels during the same period in 2014.

The decrease is attributed to the decline of the total number of vessels mooring at Sultan Qaboos Port so far this year, dropping 6.7 per cent from 1,470 vessels recorded in 2013 to 1,372 recorded in the first half of 2014.

Meanwhile, the total number of vessels mooring at the Salalah Port also declined, with 437 vessels in the first six months of 2014, compared with 463 vessels recorded during the same period in 2013, representing a fall of 5.6 mooring.

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