Ex-Port of Salalah CEO to join Gulftainer

After 17 years with APM Terminals Peter Ford will take up new role.


Peter Ford, former CEO of the Port of Salalah in Oman, has been named global chief operating officer at Gulftainer Co Ltd.

After a 17-year career with APM Terminals, Ford will start in his new role in September and it is reported that he will focus on Gulftainer’s international operations and developments.

In June Sharjah-based Gulftainer acquired a 51% stake in Saudi Arabia’s Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company, allowing it to assume the full management three Saudi terminals located in Jeddah and Jubail.

The acquisition made Gulftainer the largest port operator in the Middle East with regard to the number of terminals operated in the region. The company manages 40% of all the major container terminal facilities in the Middle East that have the capacity to handle ships of 12,000 TEU or greater in size, and 45% of all major port capacity outside of the Strait of Hormuz.

Following Ford’s departure Ahmed Akaak has been appointed as acting chief executive of the Port of Salalah. The announcement of the deputy CEO’s new role was made in a statement to Muscat Securities Market by Salalah Port Services SAOG.

Akaak will lead the company until a suitable candidate for replacement is identified.


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