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Oman Shipping Report

Published 21 November 2014

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Oman Shipping Report

Oman continues to develop into a regional powerhouse for the shipping and transhipment of dry bulk goods such as iron ore. To this end a new port is being constructed at Duqm and new cargo terminals at Salalah and Sohar. The new Duqm port will also boast a new oil refinery. Further port developments include the announcement that all cargo operations were moved from the Muscat port of Sultan Qaboos to Sohar as of the end of 2014. All of this is aided by Oman's position on the Arabian Sea, outside the Gulf, enabling it to offer shorter shipping lines than ports within the congested body of water. On the macroeconomic side, growth in the Omani ports sector will be supported by expanding GDP and rising private consumption.

Headline Industry Data

  • 2015 container throughput at Salalah is forecast to grow by 3.7%. Growth to 2019 will average 4.6%.

  • 2015 total tonnage throughput at Sohar forecast to reach 59.38mn tonnes - an expansion of 12.3%. Growth will average 11.8% over the medium term.

  • 2015 Oman total trade real forecast at 3.9%, and to average 1.2% per annum to 2019.

Key Industry Trends

Sohar On Course For Dry Bulk Dominance : The planned development of a grain terminal at the port of Sohar cements the facility's dry bulk focus, offering new cargo options that will boost port throughput and strengthen Oman's agricultural supply chain, thereby enhancing the country's food security.

Congestion Charge At Sohar To Pose Short-Term Risks : Delays at the port of Sohar will pose only short-term risks to traders as the facility transitions into Oman's principal port, following the closure of the port of Muscat. Congestion charges, introduced by shipping lines, will cool off in the medium term as the port adapts to additional capacity and lessens the berthing delays that ships are presently facing.

Port Of Sohar To Float Tenders In 2015 And 2016 :  A consultancy tender to expand the port of Sohar in Oman to twice its existing annual container...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Port Of Sohar Throughput
Port Of Salalah Throughput
Table: Major Ports Data (Oman 2011-2018)
Table: Trade Overview (Oman 2011-2018)
Table: Key Trade Indicators (Oman 2011-2018)
Table: Main Import Partners, 2004-2012
Table: Main Export Destinations, 2004-2012
Market Overview
Oman Container Shipping Market Overview
Oman Dry Bulk Shipping Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Company Profile
Oman Shipping Company (OSC)
Shipping - Global Industry View
Container Demand:
Container Supply:
Container Rates:
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Demographic Forecast
Table: Oman's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Oman's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Oman's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Oman's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020

The Oman Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Oman.

BMI's Oman Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Oman.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Oman to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Omani shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Oman through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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