Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 20th November 2014 – Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, announced the handing over of the third berth at King Abdullah Port to National Container Company after fulfilling all Saudi Arabia’s coast guards and customs requirements, where the cooperation between governmental agencies and King Abdullah Port was key to effective business development within the port. The berth was constructed according to highest international standards and with the latest fittings and systems that will enhance the overall performance and contribute to receiving more ships and containers at the port to meet the growing demand for import and export at King Abdullah Port. The announcement was conducted in the presence of a number of officials from Economic Cities Authorities, Saudi Coastal Guards, Saudi Customs, Ports Development Company and National Container Company.
Engineer Abdullah Bin Mohamed Hameedaddin, Managing Director of Ports Development Company said in a statement on this occasion that, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Saudi Coastal Guard management and General Customs Authority for outstanding efforts in servicing Saudi ports, overcoming difficulties and facilitating smooth procedures for importer and exporter activities. We also praise the role of the Economic Cities Authority and its exceptional support in various developmental work at King Abdullah Port, ensuring the achievement of the port’s strategic objectives and enhancing its role in advancing national economy.”
Eng. Hameedaddin continued, “The third berth is considered one of the important developmental stages at King Abdullah Port, while operating it will accumulate a total length of 1150 meters in berth size with and a depth of 18 meters, which will contribute to the major increase in the port’s container storage capacity, reaching more than 1.6 million containers per year. In addition, the berth is equipped with enormous cranes to handle containers in addition to grand storage space for major import and export activities that come into King Abdullah Port from global ports.”
“The third berth represents a valuable shift in the port’s work, which comes in line with the comprehensive developmental work that King Abdullah Port is currently witnessing, and Ports Development Company keenness to equip the port with the latest technologies and mechanisms characterized with global standards and high-efficiency specifications to service the growing demands of the public and private sectors in Saudi Arabia, along with an integrated logistics solutions for importers and exporters of local companies,” concluded Eng. Hameedaddin.
Port Development Company aims to position King Abdullah Port, as a unique example of world-class excellence for providing valuable benefits for long-term users from the public and private sectors, as well as the constant quest to integrate and work side by side with Saudi Ports System to enhance the capabilities and operational efficiency to meet the increasing demand for the movement of import and export, and providing the requirements for the construction of major vital projects, meeting the requirements of comprehensive development renaissance that the Kingdom is currently witnessing.
King Abdullah Port, owned and developed by Ports Development Company at King Abdullah Economic City, is the first port being developed and managed by the private sector. The port is characterized by its strategic geographical location, with integrated services through the practice of the most advanced technologies and the use of local and international experts to provide the best services. The port has been included among the largest global shipping lines, through setting a well established business plan to develop the port at a steady pace and a clear vision to become one of the leading major ports in the world.