King Abdullah Economic City, October 2017

King Abdullah Port has announced the arrival of its first liquid bulk shipments of fresh pasteurized milk for Almarai, the largest dairy company in the region. According to the shipping company, the milk shipment, which arrived from the Port of Moerdijk in Netherlands and weighs 265 tons, is the first of its kind to dock at Saudi ports, constituting a quantum leap for King Abdullah Port and for Saudi imports in general.

Eng. Abdullah M. Hameedadin, Managing Director of the Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, expressed his enthusiasm for what is considered one of the most important practical developments in activating and expanding the port’s partnership of with Almarai, which signed a contract with the port for loading, unloading and handling of its bulk cargo.  The arrival of this shipment is particularly important as Almarai is one of the most prominent investors in King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley.

“King Abdullah Port continues to achieve milestones that are fully in line with Vision 2030’s mandate to activate the role of the private sector in creating a more diverse, less oil-dependent economy. Such an economy would enhance the Kingdom’s global competitiveness and elevate its status among developed countries in economic and logistical fields, not to mention in the maritime transport sector, as well,” Hameedadin said.

The new milk shipment follows King Abdullah Port’s earlier success in receiving huge loads of equipment, weighing over 20 tons each, for the Rabigh 2 Independent Power Plant and through the port’s strategic partnership with Samsung.

King Abdullah Port, which is owned by the Ports Development Company, is the first privately owned, developed and operated port in the Kingdom. It is characterized by its strategic geographic location and its integrated services using the latest state-of-the-art technology and utilizing local and international experts. The port has been listed as one of the world’s largest maritime shipping lanes, and its development plan is proceeding at a steady pace and with a clear vision towards becoming one of the world’s leading ports.


About King Abdullah Port

Strategically located on the Red Sea coast on one of the world’s busiest maritime shipping lanes and with direct access to extensive transportation networks and urban centers, King Abdullah Port is the first fully privately owned, developed and operated commercial port in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah Port occupies a total area of 17 square kilometers and enjoys close proximity to King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley and the bonded zone. The port makes an increasingly important contribution to the Kingdom’s regional and global role in trade, logistics and shipping. Once fully built, King Abdullah Port will be able to handle 20 million containers (TEU), 1.5 million vehicles (CEU) and 15 million tons of clean bulk cargo every year.

With state-of-the-art processing facilities, the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths, expanding roll-on/roll-off operations, and a fully-integrated Port Community System, King Abdullah Port is capable of receiving today’s diverse mega cargo ships, fulfilling the growing needs of the young and fast-growing population of the Kingdom and the region.

King Abdullah Port is testament to the important role of the private sector in realizing Saudi Vision 2030 and is well on its way to meeting its goal of becoming one of the top ports worldwide.

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