Qutub: King Abdullah Port represents a real success story in public-private partnerships

King Abdullah Economic City, January 2018: King Abdullah Port has announced a 21% increase in its annual throughput compared to 2016, reaching 1,695,322 TEU by the end of 2017 and becoming the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. Since operations started in the final quarter of 2013, the cumulative throughput reached 4,898,016 TEU. The port’s management stated that the increase in annual throughput was mainly due to the increased activity in imports and exports, amounting to an average of a 4% increase (exports at 3% and imports at 5%).

Commenting, Mr. Rayan Qutub, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “King Abdullah Port represents a real success story for public-private partnerships in the Kingdom in respect of Vision 2030, to which the port looks forward to significantly contributing to achieving its goals by supporting the Kingdom’s economic development journey and enhancing its competitiveness. This is done by increasing the efficiency of logistical services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the world through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistical services.” He added: “The port’s success in reaching second place in container handling in the Kingdom after only four years of operations proves that we are confidently moving towards becoming a main hub on the maritime navigation and logistics map, both locally and regionally.”

Qutub went on to say: “We are moving forward with executing our development plans to utilize best practices in the field of developing and operating ports and logistics support services. This comes after King Abdullah Port was rated the fastest growing port in the world in an international study by Container Management magazine in 2015, in addition to earning a place on the list of the 100 largest container ports in the world, according to research conducted by two leading maritime and port information databases, Alphaliner and Lloyd's, in 2016.”

Some other numbers achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2017 are a 28% increase in transshipment volume compared to 2016, while the number of vessels received by the port increased to 820 vessels, with a 14% increase compared to 716 vessels received in 2016.

Run by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the Middle East’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 lanes, all within a solid plan that will bring to reality its vision of becoming one of the largest ports in the world.


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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