Saudi Arabia’s drive to increase trade volumes has seen one of its largest ports experience unprecedented growth in cargo volume.
According to the Saudi Ports Authority, also known as Mawani, the port of King Abdulaziz set a new container throughput record by handling 206,145 20ft equivalent units in May 2023.
The Port of Dammam surpassed its previous record of 199,609 TEU in August 2022.
This record-breaking performance was due to increases in export and import volumes in line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy, which aimed to transform the kingdom into a global logistics hub.
The new achievement adds to a series of successes the port has achieved over the years, which saw a record throughput of 2,038,787 standard containers in 2022, the highest in its history in a single year.
This achievement is due to the fact that the company continues to improve its competitiveness and expand communication channels with international ports, while improving service quality and raising standards.
In January, Mawani announced the launch of a new cargo service at King Abdulaziz Port, operated by Switzerland-based container group MSC.
The service offers weekly departures to eight maritime destinations in the Arabian Gulf, South Asia and Southern Africa.
The trail includes Khalifa bin Salman in Bahrain, Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, Qasim in Pakistan, Mundra and Hazira in India, Port Louis in Mauritius, and Durban and Coega in South Africa.
The service, which began January 21, involved five vessels with an average deadweight tonnage of more than 6,000 TEU.
As a world-class logistics hub with world-class infrastructure and capacity, King Abdulaziz Port is increasingly becoming an obvious choice for shipping companies looking to expand their routes.
Notable liners include SeaLead Shipping’s Far East-Middle East service, Emirates Shipping Line’s Jebel Ali Bahrain Shuwaikh service, Aladin Express’s Gulf-India Express 2 service and Maersk’s Shaheen Express service.
The port is the main hub for cargo from all over the world, which is transported to the eastern and central regions of the country.
It has 43 fully equipped berths, modern cargo handling equipment and general cargo support terminals.
It also houses a refrigerated cargo terminal, two cement terminals, a bulk grain terminal, an iron ore terminal, a shipbuilding berth, and oil and gas terminals.