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ports & free zones


Our focus on ports and free zones emphasizes on the management and operations of Sohar Port, the Port of Duqm and Salalah Port, providing national, regional and global clients with access to diverse industries, berthing and facilities for nearly all of today’s big ships and their associated cargoes, as well as for the world’s largest container ships.

Sohar International Development & the Salalah Free Zone Company is the free zones that fall under our Group. Their impressive facilities offer a wide variety of industrial, trading, commercial and logistics opportunities to clients with both regional and global interests. Hutchison Ports Sohar (formerly known as OICT – Oman International Container Terminal) is the container terminal operator within Sohar Port and is operated as a joint venture between Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH), the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of Netherlands and a number of other well-established Omani Investors.

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Sohar Port

Sohar Port is a deep-draft port with remote-controlled container gantries capable of loading and unloading the world's largest container ships.With our general cargo, liquid bulk, container and service-dedicated terminals, the port boasts a state-of-the-art management and vessel notification system, and is home to a diversity of companies offering a full spectrum of maritime support.

Salalah Port

Established by the Salalah Port Company in 1998, and with an infrastructure investment of approximately US$800 million, Salalah Port is ranked among the world's largest transshipment ports. The port maintains world-class terminal capabilities for liquid bulk and mineral bulk handling, and with its six container berths and 18-metre deep channels, it can accommodate the world's largest container ships. With container traffic at the port having increased seven-fold between 1999 and 2013, the port is capable of handling over 5 million TEUs per year. In addition, our state-of-the art wave-dampening system reduces wave motion to expedite high-speed container unloading.

Port of Duqm

Situated on Oman’s south-eastern seaboard in Al Wusta Governate, with its 2,100 metre quay, and expansive basin, Port of Duqm has the potential to become a world-class, multipurpose commercial gateway. The approach channel, with its 19-metre draft, makes the port accessible to nearly all of today's big ships, with the capacity to handle containers, liquid bulk, dry bulk, project and other types of cargo, and minerals.


SFZCO is situated adjacent to Salalah Port and is one of Dhofar's most important industrial hubs. With our more than US$5.1 billion of industrial investment we have created a leading light and heavy industrial center with proximity to East-West trade lanes, as well as to the buoyant markets of the Indian Subcontinent, East Africa and the wider Middle East. SFZCO’s value proposition were built on lower cost of operations, improved offering and accessibility to target markets.


The Freezone adjacent to Sohar Port is managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), which holds a majority interest in the Freezone. Established in 2002, the Freezone, together with the port, has attracted over US$25 billion in investment to become one of the GCC’s largest, most dynamic and successful industrial zones.


Technology optimized
At Hutchison Ports Sohar, the container terminal operator within Sohar Port, we offer five container berths, all equipped with remote-controlled gantry cranes with capacity to unload the largest E-Class container ships. Our ship-planning application optimizes stowage planning, crane deployment and stability calculation, while our gate control system enables trucks to enter and exit the port within a few minutes. With these state-of-the-art capabilities we have the capacity to become a successful container gateway to the GCC market.


Khazaen, located 60 kilometers north of Muscat in South Al Batinah, is slated to become one of Oman's largest logistics, warehousing and light-industrial developments. With an area of over 95 square kilometers,our facility will be a mixed-use logistics and commercial hub that will bring together business, residential, educational and other community building activities into a single unified and modern pre-planned urban center.