New berth at King Abdullah Port to drive trade expansion

King Abdullah Port

The Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, has announced the handing over of the third berth at the King Abdullah Port to National Container Company.

The facility, which meets the Customs and the Coast Guard specifications, is considered to be an important phase in the port’s development, said Abdullah bin Mohamed Hameedaddin, managing director of Ports Development Company.

King Abdullah Port (KAP) is Saudi Arabia’s newest port facility and the first privately owned and funded port in the country.

The port is being constructed at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast.

The port, located just 100km north of Jeddah, is strategically located to serve the East-West transshipment of cargo as well as the domestic volumes.

“The berth has been constructed, complying with the highest international standards. Its latest fittings and systems would enhance the overall performance and contribute to docking of more ships and containers at the port,” said Abdullah bin Mohamed Hameedaddin.

The new berth will help meet a growing demand for imported and exported consignment at the King Abdullah Port, he said.

During its operations, he said it will accumulate a total length of 1,150 meters in quay size with and a depth of 18 meters, which which will cater for the world’s largest container vessels targeting more than 1.6 million containers per year.

He said 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 international 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 the Ports Development Company’s keenness to equip the port with the state-of- the art technology characterized in par with global standards and cater to the growing needs of the public and private sectors,” said Hameedaddin.

He also expressed his sincere appreciation to the Saudi Coastal Guard management and the General Customs Authority for outstanding efforts in assisting 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 the King Abdullah Port, ensuring the achievement of the port’s strategic objectives and enhancing its role in advancing national economy,” said Hameedaddin.

The 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.


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