The World Bank lists Salalah Ort as one of the most efficient in the Middle East

According to the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence Container Port Performance Index, Salalah Port is the second most efficient container port in the Middle East.

The Index shows that ports in the Middle East and East Asia have responded best to the strong volume growth and service volatility caused by the impact of the global pandemic.

The report revealed that Middle East ports occupied four of the top five spots in the second edition of the global Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence. The CPPI is a comparable index of global container port performance intended to serve as a reference point for key stakeholders in the global economy.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port tops the rankings in 2021, with regional contenders Port Salalah in Oman, Hamad Port in Qatar and Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi rounding out the top five. Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Islamic Port was also heavily represented in eighth overall.

The ranking of the best ports in the world according to the index of the World Bank and the consulting firm S&P was as follows: the port of King Abdullah ranked first among the world ports, then the port of Salalah, then the port of Hamad, then the port from Yangshan, then the port of Khalifa, then the port of Tangier, then the port of Ningbo, then the port of Jeddah, then the port of Guangzhou and finally the port of Yokohama

The ranking is based on the time it takes vessels in port to complete workloads over the course of 2021, a year that saw unprecedented port congestion and disruption to global supply chains.

“The increased use of digital technologies and greener fuel alternatives are two ways countries can modernize their ports and make maritime supply chains more resilient,” said Martin Humphreys, lead transport economist at the World Bank and one of the researchers behind the index.

He added: “Inefficient ports pose a significant risk for many developing countries as they can hamper economic growth, hurt jobs and increase costs for importers and exporters. In the Middle East, heavy investment in container port infrastructure and technology is proving effective.”

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