SIPC is a joint venture between the government and Rotterdam Municipal Port Management.

The port, which will be partially dredged in the first phase to a depth of 16 metres, will be one of the largest specialised industrial harbours in the region. It is expected to serve a number of key industrial projects including a proposed aluminium smelter and methanol, fertiliser and polypropylene plants.

In addition, the port will serve container traffic in the northern Gulf of Oman and could provide a base for a dry-dock facility which is being studied by the government (MEED 22:8:03).