Muscat: Port of Salalah enhanced its berth productivity levels by 26 per cent in 2013 to rank as the 15 best port globally and figure among top container ports in the world, according to the independent research firm, Journal of Commerce (JOC).
Based on the 2013 average container moves per ship, the JOC also ranked the Port of Salalah as the third top port in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, having achieved an average of 91 gross moves per hour (gmph), a 26 per cent increase over the 2012 average of 71 gmph. This is JOC's second Port Productivity report after its debut report a year earlier.
"Our employees have been working hard to coordinate teamwork and internal processes at the port, and the benefits of these efforts eventually flow to our customers," said Ahmed Akaak, deputy CEO at the Port of Salalah.
"For example, we have reduced the waiting time at the gate from over 70 minutes to less than 30 minutes, apart from achiving significant reduction in instances of breakdowns and downtimes. This has resulted in overall improved level of work satisfaction and efficient teamwork."
With its state-of-the-art container terminal facility, the Port of Salalah is the country's leading terminal for direct sailing connections to the USEC, Europe, Far East and East Africa, handling between three to four million containers annually over the past seven years.
The Port of Salalah is managed by APM Terminals, a global leader in port terminal operations. The 2013 JOC Productivity Ranking named 11 facilities within the APM Terminals' Global Terminal Network as world leaders, including APM Terminals Yokohama, which tied with Tianjin Xingang Sinor Terminal for first place with 163 gmph.
The JOC study used data from over 150,000 port calls during 2013, evaluating the individual performances of 443 ports and 771 terminals.