“There is an immense and tactical importance of being present here at King Abdullah Port – the strategic location, its up-to-date and unique infrastructure, and worldwide standards and logistical operations make it more than ready to host Maersk Line’s enormous vessels. This will enable us to better service our clients in the Kingdom and region, which represents the largest and most vital markets in the Middle East region and will contribute to our expansion plans and outreach to more businesses partnership here and across the region,” announced Mark Gijsbrechts, Chief Executive WCA Region at Maersk Line, at a recent event. The celebration was conducted while King Abdullah Port hosted one of Maersk Line’s largest vessels, measuring a length of 398 meters.
Engineer Abdullah Bin Mohamed Hameedaddin, Managing Director of Ports Development Company said in a statement on this occasion that: “It is our utmost pleasure to host the world’s largest container shipping line at King Abdallah Port.”
Engineer Abdullah stressed the importance of this partnership, describing it as a “vital partnership with exceptional value.” This partnership validates the uniqueness of the services and standards available at King Abdullah Port.
Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, announced the handing over of the fourth berth at King Abdullah Port to National Container Terminal Company.
The berth is equipped with the largest cranes in the world. It has a span of 25 containers, a capacity of 65 tons, and is optimized to service the largest vessels in the world. In addition, King Abdullah Port is equipped with the latest and most innovative technology, such as the installed Smart Gate System, which is integrated with the Ports Community System.
Engineer Abdullah Bin Mohamed Hameedaddin, Managing Director of Ports Development Company said, “The fourth berth is considered a very important developmental stages at King Abdullah Port. We are pleased with the development and handing over of the fourth berth coming only 1.5 years after the start of port operations. The 4th berth will accumulate a total length of 1,400 meters in berth size at a depth of 18 meters, which will contribute to the major increase in the port’s container storage capacity, reaching 3 million containers per year at King Abdullah Port.”
At a length of 399 meters, a width of 54 meters, a depth of 16 meters in the water, weighing a total of 189,000 tons and capable of carrying more than 16,500 TEU, one of the largest container ships in the world, a giant MSC London ship, came from Greece and docked on the berth of Saudi Arabia.
The vessel crew was welcomed by Ports Development Company, Economic Cities Authority team, coast guards – King Abdullah Port Security, King Abdullah Port Customs, King Abdullah Port Passport Control, Huta Marine and National Container Company.
Eng. Abdullah Hameedadin, Managing Director of Ports Development Company, said in a statement on this occasion that, “It gives us immense pleasure for everyone stationed at the port to witness the arrival of the largest cargo ship docked on the Kingdom’s shores.
A highly strategic location serves multiple key markers.
The infrastructure of King Abdullah Port is designed to handle the world’s largest vessels – and to save time and money.
A single window into regulatory and logistics data makes port operations more efficient.
Our Port Community System (PCS) integrates data from various systems, improving how that data is shared and used.
The result? Processes can be better planned, accuracy is gained, and cargo handling speeds up.
Our ultimate target is to deliver swift and smooth services to our business partners.
From crane operators and tug pilots to VTS personnel, we aim to hire the most talented people in the industry. We equip them with cutting-edge technology to ensure their efficiency, and to enforce their professionalism.
At King Abdullah Port, to ensure superior partner experience, we adhere to the following core values:
The Port Community System enables efficient, transparent and reliable operation that provide significant cost savings
Optimizes performances of the Port/terminal gates reducing truck turn-around time and improving security processes
HRH PRINCE KHALID ALFAISAL VIEWS ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FIRST PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATED PORT IN THE KINGDOM AND MIDDLE EAST
April 4, 2016
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, toured King Abdullah Port on Monday, April 4.
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Alfaisal viewed the progress of work at the first port ever to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, and gauged what has been achieved so far.
His Royal Highness was received by senior government officials, top executives, and security officials at King Abdullah Port, as well as senior executives from the Economic Cities Authority, and members of the board of directors of Ports Development Company, which owns and develops the port. Also present were senior staff from Huta Marine Works Ltd. and the National Container Terminal Company, the primary operator of the port’s container terminal.
At the beginning of his tour, His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Alfaisal was presented with a detailed overview of the entire timeline of King Abdullah Port’s development, what has been achieved so far, and the multitude of potential opportunities it is foreseen to offer.
The Makkah Governor then toured government facilities at King Abdullah Port, such as buildings, shaded customs inspection yards, the Single Window building and the Smart Gates, which regulate the access and departure of trucks using computerized technology, and expected to be in full swing by the fourth quarter of this year.
He then moved on to berth 4, where he observed the unloading of two container ships, owned by Maersk Line and MSC, two of the biggest names in the global shipping industry.
The delegation then saw Huta’s colossal dredgers, including one that is considered the world’s biggest digging out the seafloor for new berths.
The visitors also saw the latest technologies and state-of-the-art equipment that enable King Abdullah Port to offer excellent comprehensive services not only to the current world’s largest sea vessels, but also to anything that might be built in the future.
His Royal Highness then heard a detailed presentation on the King Abdullah Port’s Command and Control Center, where more than 90 Saudi women plan and supervise the port’s operations, as part of the King Abdullah Port’s vision to empower women and employ them in various sectors.
Engineer Abdullah Hameedadin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, expressed his gratitude for the continued support HRH Prince Khalid gives to King Abdullah Port.
“We, at King Abdullah Port, are delighted with this royal visit, which will surely inspire everyone working here to exert even more effort towards active participation in the Kingdom’s economic and commercial development,” he said.
For his part, Mohanud Helal, Secretary General of the Economic Cities Authority, expressed ECA’s appreciation of the visit, saying: “This visit to King Abdullah Port by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Alfaisal comes as part of the continued support provided by the Kingdom’s leadership, reflecting just how strongly our leaders believe in the vital role the port can play in bolstering the Saudi economy, all within the framework of public-private partnerships, which are the core of the economic diversification program the Kingdom is witnessing. King Abdullah Port is a perfect example of this strategic partnership.”
He went on to say: “The success the port has achieved and continues to achieve comes as a result of concerted efforts by all government agencies operating there, such as Saudi Customs, the Coast Guards, and many others.”
On the sidelines of the visit, the Ports Development Company signed a financing agreement with SABB and the Arab National Bank. It also signed an agreement with Huta Marine Works Ltd., for the latter to continue its development work at King Abdullah Port.
Earlier this year, King Abdullah Port announced that it had made a major achievement in 2015, its second full year of operation. Throughout last year, the port handled a record 1.3 million TEU, operating three berths up to May, with a fourth berth having come online during that month. The berths are expected to achieve even greater figures in coming years.
King Abdullah Port is in the process of readying two more berths by the end of this year, making a total of six, boosting its annual capacity to as much as four million TEU.
King Abdullah Port is also looking to bring online its first ro-ro berth, to be jointly operated with NYK, with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles per year. Plans are underway to open the first berth for bulk goods, which will be able to handle three million tons.
Ports Development Company is working to boost King Abdullah Port’s role in supporting the Kingdom’s comprehensive development plans by integrating it into the Kingdom’s national port system. This will ensure that the rapid growth of imports and exports required to support the construction of the megaprojects within the Kingdom, can be met.
About King Abdullah Port
Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the Kingdom’s first port to be fully owned, developed, and operated by the private sector. With its strategic location and state-of-the-art technologies, all managed by national and global experts who strive to offer the best possible services, King Abdullah Port has earned its place at the heart of the world’s major shipping lines, all within a solid plan that will bring its vision of becoming one of the world’s largest ports to reality.
March 13, 2016
King Abdullah Port has concluded its readiness to receive the heavy container traffic that precedes the holy month of Ramadan every year. This time of year constitutes a vital season for trade activities in the Kingdom, including various market sectors, in particular food, clothing, electronics and others.
During the period preceding the holy month, commercial traffic in Saudi Arabia will benefit from King Abdullah Port’s massive capacity, which currently stands at 3 million standard containers annually. This capacity will contribute to preventing an accumulation of containers and to ensuring the smooth flow of goods to the Saudi Arabian markets.
In May 2015, King Abdullah Port announced the opening of its fourth berth as planned. The opening had a great impact on increasing the capacity of the container terminal, which has berths that are 18 meters deep and have an overall height of 1,470 meters. King Abdullah Port also has storage space reaching approximately 1,600 meters in length and 450 to 550 meters in width, allowing the storage of 94,338 dry standard containers at once. It also has a storage capacity of 5,250 standard refrigerated containers at once, and is subject to the highest control standards for storage quality.
Engineer Abdullah bin Muhammad Hameedaddin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, owners, developers and managers, of King Abdullah Port commented, “King Abdullah Port owns a modern and advanced port infrastructure designed to accomplish all loading and transportation of goods quickly and efficiently. Its proximity to the Kingdom’s highways smoothly facilitates the transportation of goods, which saves time and effort. As a major port on the Red Sea, King Abdullah Port is characterized by being close to several major cities, including Jeddah, Makkah, Medina, Rabigh and Yanbu. These characteristics, in addition to the superior equipment and long berths, will contribute to the Port’s role in promoting Saudi economy and driving growth through vitalizing trade.”
Eng. Hameedaddin expressed his thanks and appreciation to all government entities operating at the Port, including ministries, security bodies and agencies, for their great efforts, which have contributed to the success of King Abdullah Port and its high commissioning standards. He pointed out that the cooperation between the private and public sectors represents a cornerstone in the success of the efforts aimed at the diversification and enablement of the national economy.
In 2015, its second year in service, the Port announced its remarkable success of handling 1.3 million standard containers since having commissioned three berths at the beginning of the year. It has also commissioned a further three berths from May 2016 until the end of the year, and it is expected that these berths will play a part in delivering excellent throughput throughout the coming years, and a capacity of over 4 million standard containers. The first phase of the new bulk cargo and ro-ro (car) terminals is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2016. The ro-ro terminal, managed jointly with the leading company NYK, will reach 300 thousand cars annually, and the bulk cargo terminal will handle more than 3 million tons on each pier.
Port Development Company strives to strengthen the role of King Abdullah Port in supporting the journey of development and growth witnessed in the Kingdom. It also strives to integrate the Port’s role with the Saudi ports system, in order to work jointly to meet the growing demands of import and export, as well as providing the necessary means to build major, vital projects in Saudi Arabia.