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30 Salalah Throughput: 3,493,459teu


(+13.9%)


The Omani port posted impressive growth of 13.9% in 2009, handling 425,139teu more containers than the previous year. It climbed eight places to number 30 in the Top 100. Business received a welcome boost in the fourth quarter when French shipping line CMA CGM signed up as a new customer. The growth trajectory is expected to continue in 2010,


with the port forecasting a 15-20% rise for the full year. The port points out that regional container volumes


have been far below expectations and there were declines on all major trade lanes in 2009 on the back of the global recession. Against the trend, argues Salalah, the port is seeing higher volumes and increased demand due to a proactive approach that focused on working more closely with customers and anticipating their requirements during a recession, as well as improving productivity. Nonetheless, increased competition is expected for


the existing transhipment market as terminals struggle to fill capacity. Infrastructure developments underway are focussed on


the general cargo terminal, which will include 1,200 metres of linear berths with a draught of 16 to 18 metres alongside. A new Northern breakwater is being constructed and new aggregate/bulk ship loading facilities. Equipment procurement for phase 2 of the container


terminal was completed in 2009, with the addition of nine post-panamax STS gantry cranes and 13 RTGs.


31 Port Said Throughput: 3,464,453teu


(+6.3%)


Egypt’s largest box port climbed four places to 31 in the Top 100 league. Once again, APM Terminals-operated Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) stole the show, growing by12.5% to 2.7m teu. SCCT attributed the increase to ongoing investment in equipment and systems, consistently high levels of productivity and dedicated customer service resources. In contrast, Port Said Container & Cargo Handling


Company (PSCCHC), which operates in Port Said West, suffered a second year of decline with throughput down nearly 11% to 764,453teu. PSCCHC says the economic crisis is the principal


reason for the softer volumes but adds that its 14-metre draught alongside has also become an issue as ocean carriers phased in bigger tonnage. Hence, it is moving forward dredging to 16 metres and


is will also install two new generation STS gantry cranes and associated yard equipment. SCCT also has an ambitious capital investment


programme in place, with its phase II development set to add 1.2km of additional quay, effectively doubling its handling capacity to 5.4m teu by September 2012. Both SCCT and PSCCHC rely heavily on transhipment


traffic, with this sector of the business accounting for over 85% and 66% of throughput respectively. While SCCT declines to give a forecast for 2010,


PSCCHC expects a strong recovery in its volumes, with an estimated 850,000teu projected.


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