“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
September 2016 – The Ports Development Company, owner and developer of the King Abdullah Port – region’s first privately owned port – has announced the signing of a financial agreement with SABB and the Arab National Bank worth 2.7 billion SAR. The agreement aims to move forward with the development and expansion of the port’s facilities, thus meeting the growing demand for its services as a regional and international strategic gateway.
Through this agreement, The Ports Development Company will work to provide proper financing for the next phase of expansion and development for the port’s southern basin, which includes an additional container terminal, a ro-ro terminal and a bulk cargo terminal – this marks an important milestone as it will increase the port’s total capacity to 6 million TEU’s annually. This comes alongside the development of the ro-ro terminal with an annual storage capacity of 600 thousand vehicles, and the bulk cargo terminal, which has the capacity of handling up to 3 million tons annually. Furthermore, part of this funding will be dedicated to the development of logistical support spaces inside the port.
Engineer Abdullah Bin Muhammed Hameedadin, Managing Director at the Ports Development Company explained that the King Abdullah Port has become a major gateway for import and export operations, as well as a main outlet to access new markets. He highlighted that the port significantly contributes to boosting intra-trade activities between the Kingdom and global markets, not to mention the port’s significance in the activation of the maritime shipping industry and enforcing its role within the Kingdom’s general transportation system, as well as restoring the Kingdom’s fair share of regional and international maritime shipping taken previously by other neighboring ports.
In addition to its strategic location, the King Abdullah Port is characterized by its application of the latest state of the art technology in port operation, including the smart gate system, which will launch by the end of 2016 in addition to the port’s current management system, an electronic portal bringing together stakeholders based on their needs, in order to implement various operations related to the import, export and monitoring of all kinds of goods. The port also benefits from its modern and advanced transportation network, which is designed to execute loading and transportation operations quickly and efficiently. Its proximity to the Kingdom’s highways facilitates the transportation of goods with the required speed at lower costs. There is no doubt that these features, in addition to the modern infrastructure and long, deep piers (18 meters), will contribute to the activation of the port’s role in enhancing the Kingdom’s development journey, as well as boosting its growth by contributing to boosting trade operations.
King Abdullah Port has fulfilled a number of achievements during a relatively short period. From an operational perspective, the fourth pier was opened in May 2015 as planned, raising the Port’s capacity to around 3 million containers. The pier was established and operating in record time, and was equipped with state of the art cranes that can carry up to 65 tons or 25 containers. This fourth pier had a major impact on the increase in number of TEU’s to 1.3 million the Port handled this year alone. Additionally, the Port’s management expects the completion of the first phase of bulk and ro-ro cargo terminals to take place by beginning of 2017.
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King Abdullah Port at King Abdullah Economic City to Boost Kingdom’s Role as a Global Logistics and Trade Center
August 2016 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is witnessing an unprecedented boom in the maritime sector and its shipping and logistical services. Its coasts today, especially the Red Sea coast, have captured global attention due to their distinct geographical location among international shipping lines. The Red Sea coast is considered the longest coast in the region, which gives the Kingdom a wide horizon of opportunities and capabilities that enable it to achieve first ranking in the global maritime shipping and transport industry.
Ports Development Company Managing Director, Eng. Abdullah Bin Muhammed Hameedadin, stated, “Today, this position is further enhanced with the tireless efforts exerted by the leadership in the development of the maritime shipping industry, as well as enforcing the Kingdom’s position on the global maritime map. During His Royal Highness Prince Muhammed Bin Salman’s visit to China, the Minister of Trade and Investment in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Majid Al Qasabi released a statement confirming the awaited role of Saudi ports, not only in advancing the national economy, but also in strengthening the Kingdom’s trade role and integration with important countries such as the Republic of China and others, additionally, the statement reminded of achieving the 2030 vision which covered utilizing Kingdom’s strategic location to further become a global logistical center – all go side by side with the King Abdullah Port vision we are striving to achieve.”
Hameedadin also stated that King Abdullah Port has gone a long way towards strengthening the Kingdom’s position as a trade gateway to Arab markets, which host over 250 million consumers, in addition to the global markets eager to grow their trade relations with the Kingdom and export products to the Saudi market. The Port will also actively contribute to the development of the logistical service sector’s infrastructure, taking advantage of the Kingdom’s strategic location at the crossroads of shipping lines through the Suez Canal to Europe and the United States and through Bab Al Mandab to Asian markets. This makes the Port the main destination point for goods directed to the Kingdom and its neighboring countries, and will enable it to become a main player in the transit shipping industry, known as transshipment, to Middle East ports and elsewhere.
“King Abdullah Port was established based on an ambitious vision that takes into account the Kingdom’s need for a global standards port able to receive large modern ships and receive the increasing number of imported goods, as well as fulfilling the Saudi citizens’ growing needs, and at the same time accommodating to the increase in Saudi exports to global markets. The concept behind King Abdullah Port is fully in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision towards a more diversified economy and improved competitiveness,” Hameedadin stated.
King Abdullah Port, which is the first privately owned, developed and operated port in the Kingdom, has fulfilled a number of achievements during a relatively short period. From an operational perspective, the fourth pier was opened in May 2015 as planned, raising the Port’s capacity to around 3 million containers. The pier was established and operating in record time, and was equipped with state of the art cranes that can carry up to 65 tons or 25 containers. This fourth pier had a major impact on the increase in the number of TEU’s the Port handled this year. Additionally, the Port’s management expects the completion of the first phase of bulk and ro-ro cargo terminals to take place by the end of 2016.