The first nine
months of 2020 have been highly positive for the Port of Salalah’s container
business, with throughput rising 8% to 3.22 million teu, compared to 2.99
million teu in the first three quarters of 2019.
Most of the
increase occurred in the first quarter of this year and reflects the fact that
in early 2019 volumes were still affected by the impact of Cyclone Mekunu the
year before. Since then the port says it has seen a ‘moderate’ impact from
Covid-19 related developments.
cargo business has however been adversely affected by reduced throughput of
gypsum and limestone as a result of regional lockdown measures. The 10.84 million
tonnes handled was 5% less than the 11.47 million tonnes recorded in the first
nine months of 2019.