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Port Sultan Qaboos – History

The Sultanate of Oman is a sea-faring nation from time memorial given its geography and location. The country is flanked in the north by the Gulf of Oman, in the east & south by the Arabian Sea and in the west by United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Historically, the nation’s contact with the rest of the world is by sea that links it to foreign lands as well as the coastal towns of Oman. From time immemorial the ports in Oman have always been the important trade destinations for the sailors traversing the silk route. The nation’s history is intertwined with the history of its ports.

During the reign of Sayyid Sultan bin Ahmed in the 18th century, Oman's trading activity again increased and the capital area's two harbors - Muscat & Mutrah - diversified, Mutrah was quickly established as a commercial port while Muscat was used for naval operations.

The ruler's son Sayyid Said continued to expand maritime commerce although it again went into decline after his death in 1856. Maritime activity was limited to the import of essential items, mainly from India by old-style wooden dhows. Ships had to anchor offshore and sometimes wait for days before cargo could be unloaded manually into small boats.

This was all to change with the accession of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said who inaugurated a new era of maritime commerce and prosperity in Oman when His Majesty established Mina Qaboos (now Port Sultan Qaboos) in 1974.


Ushering Information Technology in Maritime Sectors of Oman’s

PSC was one of the earliest ports to embark on computerization of its operations and back office. The first system to handle container movements became operational from 1985. Thereafter the computer applications were enhanced to cover all back office operations including invoicing and accounts in 2000.

In 2004, PSC embarked on an ambitious project to undertake Computerization of all its operations End-to-End. In collaboration with Total Soft Bank, Korea, a new Port Terminal.

Operating System was implemented in 2007 that radically re-engineered the business processes and ushered in an era of Computerization in all the Port Operations – Vessel Operations; Cargo / Container Handling, Documentation and Electronic Information sharing with Customers. A mini Port Community System was launched that enabled small and big Customers to do business with PSC sitting in the comfort of their offices.

Port Services Corporation is committed to continue this path of steady growth and development in the years to come.

Port Sultan Qaboos – At the Heart of Oman’s Maritime History