Vessel Berthing

This section features all information needed to prepare your arrival at the Port of Salalah.


Pilotage is compulsory and pilots may board from launch or tug and are available 24 hours. Pilots can be provided at 30 minutes notice.

Vessels exempt from pilotage are:

  • Vessels in the service of the Navy of the Sultanate of Oman
  • Any vessel under 200 gross tones
  • Country craft
  • Tenders of any recognized buoyage, lighting or navigational aid service

Not withstanding the above items, the Harbor Master may insist on the use of a Pilot in the interest of Port Safety, in which case the appropriate tariff charges will apply.

Pilot boards in position 16° 57'N 54°04'E, 3nm East of the Breakwater Light. or as directed by Salalah Port Control.

Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

Vessels should send ETA 48h, 36h and 24h in advance through an agent or by telex/fax/e-mail or direct on VHF Ch 12 at least 4 hours in advance.

The first message should include the following information:

  • LOA
  • Draft
  • NT and GT
  • Cargo distribution details
  • Last port of call
  • Next port of call
  • Vessel's name, flag and port of registry
  • Vessels inward-bound should contact Port Control on VHF Ch 16 or 2,182 kHz when within range
  • When within the port, vessels shall continuously be listening on VHF Ch 12 and 16
Document Required

Documents in respect to cargo must be provided to the Port of Salalah authorities at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of vessel, through the vessel agents. Vessels will not normally be berthed without receipt all of the above documents.


For advance ETA data Port Control listens on VHF: Ch 16, 12 (24h watch) and 2,182kHz (24h watch).


Tel: +968 23 219 052 / 23 219 500 Ext 423& 424

Health Regulations

International Health regulations apply at Port of Salalah.

The Port requires the following:

  • 1 Crew List
  • 1 Vaccination List
  • Valid Derat Certificate
  • Last Port Clearance

The use of rat guards on all mooring ropes and wires are compulsory whilst vessels are alongside. For vessels without own rat guards it is compulsatory to hire such from the Port.

Customs and Immigration

Customs Officers board the vessels on arrival either in the port area or at anchorage.

Ships Masters are required to produce the following documents:

  • Crew List
  • Crew's Personal Declaration List
  • Ship's Bonded Store List

Every merchant vessel in port must fly its national flag and the national flag of Sultanate of Oman between sunrise and sunset.

Notices of Readiness

Upon arrival to be submitted to Harbour Master through agents.

Vessel Insurance

All vessels calling at Port of Salalah should have a valid insurance policy covering 'Wreck Removal' and 'Third Party' liability. Vessels failing to produce correct insurance documents or having insufficient cover may be denied entry.

Guidelines to Obtain Port Clearance for Yachts arriving Port of Salalah without Local Agent
  • Proceed to the Port Control Room located on top of hill.
  • Obtain appropriate form port control duly approved by port control office & take the same form to GCT Finance for payment of dues. GCT works six days a week from 0800-1630.
  • After that take the (GCT Finance) stamped paper together with your passport to complete customs formalities and obtain the Port Clearance.
  • Prior proceeding out of port you are required to call port control on VHF Channel 12 and give your Port Clearance number to port control on VHF.
  • Port control will advise on the suitability of time to leave the port according to the prevailing traffic.

In case of doubt, call port control. +968-23219052 or VHF CH12; Port Control works round the clock 24*7.