Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port is fastest-growing port in the world

King Abdullah Port is the Saudi Arabia’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector

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A report issued in 2016 by Container Management magazine, a British global leader specialized in ports, navigation, maritime transportation and container handling, showed that King Abdullah Port is ranked by far the fastest growing of any in the publication’s list of top 120 ports.

The report pointed out that King Abdullah Port’s success in achieving rapid growth comes in light of the challenges faced by the market and a slowing down of global economic growth, with the oil sector the most affected.


Abdullah M. Hameedadin, managing director of the Ports Development Company, owner and developer of King Abdullah Port, commented: “All thanks to Allah, King Abdullah Port was able to triple its throughput in 2015 to be ranked the fastest growing amongst the top 120 ports worldwide. This in turn enhances the port’s status and the Kingdom’s strategic commercial role.”

Hameedadin also praised the prominent role and outstanding efforts of all the partners in the operating sectors and their support for King Abdullah Port’s developmental journey, as well as the proud achievements the port accomplished in record time. He stated that the latter comes with the objective of the Saudi ports playing a leading role in advancing the national economy.

The second fastest-growing port in the world was Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, which increased its throughput noticeably, while throughput at its larger neighbor in Dubai grew by just 2%.

King Abdullah Port was able to significantly enhance its capabilities and is currently moving towards important achievements in terms of the project’s development in general and the operations taking place.

In 2015, the annual throughput in King Abdullah Port doubled, reaching 1.3 million TEU, while the annual handling capacity increased by 50%, reaching 3 million TEU.

The management of King Abdullah Port expects to finalize the first phase of bulk cargo terminals with a capacity of 3 million tons, in addition to the RORO (roll-on/roll-off) terminals with a capacity of 300,000 CEU by the beginning of 2017.

This comes specifically after announcing the strategic move of signing an SR2.7 million financial agreement with both SABB and ANB, which reflects the banking sector’s trust in King Abdullah Port.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the Saudi Arabia’s first port to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector.

With its strategic location and state-of-the-art technologies, all managed by national and global experts who strive to offer the best possible services, King Abdullah Port has earned its place at the heart of the world’s major shipping lines, all within a solid plan that will bring to reality its vision of becoming one of the largest ports in the world.

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 Saudi Arabia.

King Abdullah Port occupies a total area of 16 sq. kms and enjoys a close proximity to King Abdullah Economic City’s Industrial Valley and the bonded zone. The port makes an increasingly important contribution to the Saudi Arabia’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 Saudi Arabia 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.

This article first appeared in the Saudi Gazette on Oct. 7, 2016.

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