“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
May 2, 2016
Officials of King Abdullah Port visited Valenciaport, Europe’s fifth busiest port. Accompanied by delegates from the Economic Cities Authority (ECA), the Coast Guard, the Saudi Customs and the National Container Terminal (NCT), the main operator of the container terminal, the visit was to study and benchmark operational procedures in use.
“For the past three years, with our partners in the government and the private sector, we have been making visits to major ports to exchange knowledge and experience and utilize best practices at King Abdullah Port,” said Engineer Abdullah Hameedadin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, the owner and developer of King Abdullah Port.
“After each visit, we conduct a feasibility study to see how these practices may be utilized at King Abdullah Port by reporting our findings, just like other ports in the Kingdom, to the Coast Guard and Saudi Customs. Also, the visits present opportunities to develop strong relationships with strategic maritime players from around the globe, and to keep the government agencies and our partners abreast with the plans and programs at King Abdullah Port, so as to market the port as a strategic gateway between the region and the world.”
Delegates explored firsthand the key features of terminals at Valenciaport, the working and business methods the Port Authority of Valencia employs, and safety and security standards and procedures.
King Abdullah Port officials previously visited the ports of Istanbul, Rotterdam and Antwerp. They selected Valenciaport for this year’s visit on account of it being the largest not only in Spain, but also in the Mediterranean Sea basin, and Europe’s fifth busiest port.
King Abdullah Port is Saudi Arabia’s and the region’s first port ever to be fully privately owned and developed. The port’s strategic location, comprehensive services, and advanced technologies enable it to be of service to the world’s largest shipping and freight companies, setting it up to achieve its vision of becoming one of the world’s major ports, hence strengthening the pivotal and important commercial and economic roles of the Kingdom and playing an integral role in achieving the Saudi Vision 2030.