“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
JEDDAH, January 17, 2016 – Engineer Abdullah bin Muhammad Hameedaddin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, owners, developers and managers, of King Abdullah Port, has announced the port’s success in handling 1,307,017 TEUs. King Abdullah Port, the first privately developed and managed port in the Kingdom and the region, also opened its fourth berth in May 2015, increasing its capacity to over 2.7 million TEUs as per its Masterplan.
Hameedaddin showcased King Abdullah Port’s most notable achievements during 2015, which is the port’s second year of operation. He pointed out the significant role of the advanced capabilities available in King Abdullah Port, such as the 18-meter deep berths, as well as the massive storage spaces and the latest state-of-the-art equipment, which enables the port to contribute to the Kingdom’s economic development by offering the finest services in the shipping industry.
Earlier in 2015, King Abdullah Port signed a partnership agreement with NYK Group, one of largest car shipping companies in the world. The partnership will result in operating the King Abdullah Port’s first ro-ro berth, which has the capacity to transport 300 thousand cars per year, and will be the first of its kind in the region to be operated by NYK Group through joint management by the third quarter of 2016. Hameedaddin expects NYK’s management of the ro-ro berth to take part in diversifying the services offered by King Abdullah Port, alongside the services of transporting containers and goods. Completion of the first phase for the station designed for bulk cargo and RO/RO (cars) is estimated to be finished by the third quarter of 2016.
In March 2015, King Abdullah Port also succeeded in attracting Maersk Line, which is the world’s largest cargo transport and container shipping company. More recently King Abdullah Port also attracted UASC.
Hameedaddin concluded by paying tribute to the vital roles played by the Economic Cities Authority, the Saudi Customs, the Coast Guard and all the government sectors operating in King Abdullah Port, stating that their roles contributed to the Port’s success after only two years of operation.
King Abdullah Port Takes Sponsorship of Most Important Gathering for Region’s Shipping, Ports and Terminals Industry
King Abdullah Port is front-and-center at this year’s TOC ME event, the region and world’s top gathering for the shipping, ports and terminal industry. The region’s newest port, King Abdullah Port, is the major sponsor of the conference and its managing director, Eng. Abdullah Hameedadin was part of the opening panel that discussed the current status of Saudi ports and the future impact that they will exert on the regional shipping industry. TOC ME 2015 was taking place at the Meridien Hotel in Dubai on December 8 and 9, 2015.
“This is very important conference and one that we are proud to be part of it. This is the place to meet up with regional officials and strategic partners and also global ones, as well,” commented Eng. Abdullah Hameedadin. “It is a fantastic forum to share information about the state-of-the-art features and economic advantages offered by King Abdullah Port. Our success is demonstrated by the steadily increasing activity at the Port. That we have handled 1.3 million TEUs in only our second year of operation is a true mark of our early success.”
Eng. Hameedadin joined other regional shipping executives on a panel called “The Middle East Shipping & Ports Sector: Outlook, Market Analysis & Market Trends” that dealt with the question of how best to manage this vital and rapidly growing economic sector, taking current economic challenges into consideration.
As part of its vision, Eng. Hameedadin stressed that King Abdullah Port constitutes a new main gateway to Saudi Arabia, a new shipping center for the world and a catalyst for domestic economic growth.
King Abdullah Port is a fully privately developed, financed and operated project, the fruits of a new government outlook that stresses the importance of diversifying the Saudi economy and encourages private participation in the Kingdom’s mega-projects. The Port’s strategic physical location on the outskirts of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) on the Red Sea coast, its to-be-constructed trade rail (Saudi Land-bridge) and road connections and its state-of-the-art transfer and huge warehousing facilities have attracted significant attention globally and allowed the port to make its mark regionally.