Salalah Port wins 2nd place in container port efficiency index

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Salalah Port wins global efficiency ranking
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According to the 2023 Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), the Port of Salalah retained its position as the second most efficient container port in the world.

Port of Salalah also claimed the top spot in the West Central and South Asia region. The Port of Salalah’s strategic location, expanding connectivity, and world-class operations provide its customers with a significant competitive edge in the region.

As a vital transshipment hub, Salalah also plays a crucial role in boosting the local economy in Dhofar by offering exceptional connectivity for importers and exporters to trade globally. The port’s high efficiency enhances local business confidence and attracts investment, including foreign direct investment (FDI).

“Retaining this title for the third consecutive year, reaffirms our strong commitment to continuous performance improvement, even during challenging times,” said Keld Christensen, CEO of Port of Salalah.

The CPPI, developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, is based on an extensive dataset from 405 ports worldwide, the largest to date, comprising over 182,000 vessel calls, 238.2 million moves, and approximately 381 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the full calendar year of 2023.

Port performance is measured by the efficiency of vessel turnaround time, known as ‘Total Port Hours’ – the total duration from when a ship reaches the port limits, pilot station, or anchorage zone until it departs the berth after completing its cargo exchange.

As per the report, the Port of Salalah, with 1,146 vessel calls, achieved 164.72 index points, ranking second only to Yangshan in China, which had 3,509 vessel calls and an index score of 177.9.

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