The Port of Salalah (16°56′53″N 54°0′32″E), formerly known as Mina Raysut, is the largest port in Oman. It is situated in the city of Salalah, capital of Dhofar Governorate, the second largest city in the Sultanate of Oman.
It is on the Arabian Sea which is on the northern part of the Indian Ocean; it is centrally located at the crossroads of trade between Asia and Europe. With over 2.5 billion consumers, it serves the markets of East Africa, the Red Sea, the Indian Subcontinent and the Arabian/Persian Gulf on its doorstep. It has emerged as the leading transshipment port of the region with world’s biggest shipping lines calling this port, including Maersk, MSC, USAC and others.
The port is managed by APM Terminals, the Danish terminal operating company, since 1998. The operating company, Salalah Port Services Company (S.A.O.G.), is listed on the Omani stock exchange.
The Port of Salalah has a state of the art container terminal with 7 berths of up to 18 meters draft. It handles the largest container vessels effortlessly. Port of Salalah also has a modern General Cargo terminal with 14 berths with up to 18 meters draft.
In addition to the Container and General Cargo vessels Salalah is an important stopover for the cruise liners passing through the Indian Ocean. A dedicated Cruise terminal is in the planning phase. Salalah is already an important port of call for almost all cruise vessels passing through this region, but once the dedicated terminal is completed Salalah will become a major hub for tourist vessels.
Other regular visitors of the port in recent years are the navies. With anti-piracy task forces working in this region and a naval presence of over 20 countries, the Port of Salalah is their port of choice.