“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
MSC Maya is the latest of the new supersize container ships to deliver cargo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah Port, October 2015: The largest vessel in the world, the MSC Maya docked at King Abdullah Port on Wednesday 14 October 2015, making it the latest of the new supersize container ships to deliver cargo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The MSC Maya, which has a total capacity of 19,224 TEUs, was launched on 26 September 2015 at the port of Antwerp in Belgium and in less than a month in service it has berthed at the kingdom’s first port to be owned, developed and managed by the private sector.
Commenting on the event, Eng. Abdullah Hameedaddin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, said: “We are immensely proud of King Abdullah Port capability of receiving the world’s largest vessels since it positions the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia among the elite group of countries with the facilities to host the supersize containers that are being built today and even in the coming decades.
“Earlier this year we welcomed the MSC London, which was the world’s largest vessel at that time to dock at a Saudi port, an event that marked King Abdullah Port’s acceptance by global shipping lines as one of the deepest and most advanced ports in the world with 18 meters depth of berth and state of the art cranes that can reach 25 containers in a row.”
Now, with the arrival of the MSC Maya, we can truly say that King Abdullah Port is already fulfilling its designated role as a major contributor to Saudi Arabia’s advanced economic development and progress by enhancing maritime transport and logistics services, and uplifting the kingdom’s competitiveness.”
Playing a complementary role in the kingdom’s ports module, King Abdullah Port demonstrates that cooperation between the public and the private sector is a cornerstone of success in regaining lost import business, which will be of overall benefit to the national economy.
King Abdullah Port and NYK Group sign Joint Venture for operating Ro-Ro terminal
With an initial capacity of 600,000 CEUs a year over 2 berths
King Abdullah Economic City, 6th September 2015: In a step to better serve the growing number of investors in the automotive sector in the Industrial Valley of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), the Ports Development Company (PDC), owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, has signed a joint venture agreement with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), the leading automotive shipping line and logistics provider, for operating the first phase of the Ro-Ro Terminal at King Abdullah Port, which will be operational by Q3 2016.
The signing ceremony took place at King Abdullah Port, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) on the 3rd of September, 2015, with Mr. Saleh Bin Laden, PDC Chairman, signing for the Ports Development Company, and Mr. Koichi Chikaraishi, Representative Director and Chief Executive of Automotive Transportation, signing for NYK.
After signing the agreement, the delegates went on a tour to King Abdullah Port to see the infrastructure development of the Ro-Ro terminal and the technologically advanced features and equipment that makes King Abdullah Port one of the most advanced and modern ports in the region.
Commenting on the joint venture, Mr. Saleh Bin Laden (PDC Chairman), said: “We are delighted to be partnering with NYK Group for operation of the first Ro-Ro terminal at King Abdullah Port. It is worth mentioning that this is the first terminal in the region to be co-managed and operated by NYK and having this trust in us by the industry leader is something that we take pride in. King Abdullah Port Ro-Ro Terminal will significantly diversify the services offered by King Abdullah Port, extending them beyond containerized goods, and will be an integral part of the facilities and services offered in addition to containers and bulk and general cargo. NYK Group’s pioneering operational experience will
ensure King Abdullah Port becomes one of the best Ro-Ro services destinations in the region.”
Mr. Saleh Bin Laden went on to express his appreciation of the Economic Cities Authority and all the governmental agencies at the port for their exceptional support for the developmental work at King Abdullah Port and their contribution to achieving the port’s strategic objectives and enhancing its role in advancing the economic development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Adding his comments, Koichi Chikaraishi, Representative Director and Chief Executive of Automotive Transportation said: “At NYK Group we are thrilled at being part of this joint venture at King Abdullah Port where we look forward to offering the expertise and the creative solutions initiated in the group’s “More Than Shipping 2018″ medium-term management plan to provide advanced Automotive Logistics Services in order to facilitate operation of the Ro-Ro terminal to accommodate customers’ needs and expectations and to contribute to maximize the potential for the expected increase in volume of vehicle units in line with the continuing prosperity of Saudi Arabia.”
The automotive sector at KAEC is comprised of leading local and international players such as Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), Naghi Group, Juffali Automotive Company, and Al Zahid Group, which earlier in June 2015 celebrated the production of the first Volvo truck from its assembly line in KAEC.
King Abdullah Port, owned and developed by the Ports Development Company at King Abdullah Economic City, is the first port being fully developed by the private sector. The port is characterized by its strategic geographical location, fully integrated services and through the practice of deploying the most advanced technologies and employing local and international experts to provide the best services.
The Ports Development Company is a joint venture between Emaar, the Economic City (EEC), the master developer of KAEC, and Huta Marine Works Ltd.
Agreement was part of Saudi Ports Authority visit to King Abdullah Port
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, September 2015: In response to an invitation from the Secretary General of the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) Mr. Mouhanad Hilal, to the Head of the Saudi Ports Authority (SPA) Dr. Nabil Al Amoudi, a delegation of senior SPA officials visited King Abdullah Port at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).
Led by Dr. Al Amoudi, the visitors included Captain Abdullah Al Zamei, General Manager of Jeddah Islamic Port, and Mr. Naeem Alnaeem, General Manager of King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam.
Commenting on the visit, Mr. Mouhanad Hilal said: “We were delighted to welcome his Excellency Dr. Nabeel and Saudi Ports Authority delegates in order to exchange knowledge and build the first block of our future collaboration..
“The visit included a closer look at the progress of King Abdullah Port as well as the business model for the kingdom’s first private port.
Both parties agreed on future cooperation including exchange of monthly reports and to work together on studies that will be of benefit to ports in the kingdom.
King Abdullah Port plays a complementary role in the ports sector in the Kingdom and demonstrates that cooperation between the public and the private sector is a cornerstone of success in the national economy.
Due to its strategic location of King Abdullah Economic City and its Industrial Valley, the port is a key part of KAEC’s integrated multi-model transportation system and a main attraction for local and multi-national companies, offering direct access to 250 million consumers in the Middle East and North Africa.
King Abdullah Port is owned, developed and managed by the Ports Development Company, a joint venture between Emaar, the Economic City (EEC) and Huta Marine Works ltd.