General Cargo Terminal
Port of Salalah boasts one of the region's largest and busiest multipurpose General Cargo Terminal handling commodities like dry bulk, liquid bulk, Cruise and RoRo. While Port of Salalah is the largest exporter of Gypsum in the world, It also takes significant volumes of Limestone, Clinker, Cement and Grains. Port of Salalah's multi-port operation has also been instrumental in developing a thriving regional trade with the Red Sea and African markets, which predominantly moves in Dhows, where livestock is imported in large quantities, and various consumer goods, foodstuffs and building material gets exported.
The General Cargo Terminal consists of 13 berths for dry bulk and two berths for liquid cargo with a total distance of 3,292 meters with draught up to 18m allowing Capesize vessels to berth and thereby offering the opportunity to provide a cost-effective transport option for its exporters by way of lower unit costs.
In 2021, the General Cargo Terminal (GCT) of Port of Salalah handled around 16.9 Mt of cargo, up from around 1.2Mt in 2000. This corresponds to a year-to-year growth of about 15% in the period 2000-2021
The ongoing expansions and modernisation of the General Cargo Terminal have helped create increased capacity and efficient and cost-effective operations for its exporters. Some of the recent additions in infrastructure include a 4.5km long pipe rack with a capacity to transport up to 6Mt of liquid cargo to/from the jetty to facilities in the Salalah Free zone, apart from investments in state-of-the-art equipment to support the growth in the dry bulk commodity segment.
Future expansions include developing Tank Farms and Grain sylos, amongest other value-added services, which are envisaged to take the overall capacity to 30Mt in the next five years. All of this makes the Port of Salalah a key player in the region's wealth creation and urban regeneration. Our ongoing efforts to maintain an efficient, sustainable supply chain and adopt new technologies to improve reliability and efficiency mean we can look ahead confidently.