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.