Muscat: Port of Salalah, a major Arab Gulf regional gateway port and transhipment hub on the Arabian Sea, partnered with Maersk to launch a new multimodal transport solution to Al-Mazyunah free zone as part of their regional strategy. It aims to support the growth of SMEs in Oman and Yemen and attracting new investors.
Designed to facilitate inland services, the new offering extends beyond the Port and includes securing customs clearances and bonded trucking services to Salalah and Al-Mazyunah free zones hubs under carrier haulage. The new service reduces lead time and allows access to multiple markets.
“We’re excited to be expanding our inland service capabilities to help support customers beyond the Port with as part of our commercial efforts focused on our regional strategy which includes Yemen,” said Mark Hardiman, CEO of Port of Salalah.
Port of Salalah, acts as a facilitator in anchoring Salalah as a gateway to Yemen and the current initiative, in partnership with Maersk, ensures seamless cargo movement where the customer gets single-window service till final delivery location. This will not only ensure increased efficiency to the customer but also has the potential to eliminate unexpected costs including line demurrage and port storage as an example. The dedicated team of experienced customer service personnel are always on call to ensure cargo is delivered safely and on schedule. In addition, the partnership offers multiple transport options allowing customers to access Mukalla, Aden and other inland destinations in Yemen.
Christopher Cook, Managing Director at Maersk UAE, Oman and Qatar commented, “Our ambition is to serve our customers with end-to-end, integrated solutions which will simplify their supply chains. Our joint efforts with Port of Salalah aim to achieve this and we look forward to unlocking new value for our customers across the Middle East and North Africa region.”
As one of the world's most efficient transhipment ports, the new offering is well-positioned to offer a range of customers a consolidated, digital, streamlined service. Salalah delivers world-class terminal capabilities including containers, liquid and dry bulk handling.
The Port of Salalah currently serves large volumes of multiple commodities through Al-Mazyunah free zone.