The port of Salalah has been closed for a number of days following extensive damage caused by a cyclone known as Mekunu, which made landfall in the Omani port city on May 25th. Quayside gantry cranes were secured ahead of the storm’s arrival, and there were no container vessels alongside at the time. However the port has been left without power and all communication systems, including internet connections, were shut down. A number of dhows were damaged, and it is believed that there has been some impact on landside port facilities.
The government of Oman declared a three day holiday for port employees and those in associated businesses to allow time to assess the level of damage and restore systems to operational working order. Maersk Line, one of the Port of Salalah’s biggest customers, has established a website to provide customers with up-to-date information about service disruption and contingency plans, and that can be accessed here: https://www.maerskline.com/Contingencies/salalah-port-contingency
The port authority indicated on May 30th that operations were slowly getting underway again at the general container terminal. The first containership to berth after the storm was, at the time of writing, due to arrive on June 1st.