King Abdullah Port links east-west 2M Alliance shipping routes
2M ALLIANCE carriers Maersk and MSC have chosen the Red Sea's Saudi King Abdullah Port as a logistics station, confirming the importance of the port's location as a link between the east and the west, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News
2M ALLIANCE carriers Maersk and MSC have chosen the Red Sea's Saudi King Abdullah Port as a logistics station, confirming the importance of the port's location as a link between the east and the west, reports Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.
The first shipping route, Maersk TP17 / MSC Americas, connects East Asia (China and Singapore) with the eastern coast of the United States and passes through King Abdullah Port.
It is one of the fastest shipping routes linking the East and the West through the Red Sea. The second shipping route, Maersk AE15 / MSC Tiger, which is also one of the fastest shipping routes, begins from East Asia (South Korea, China and Singapore) and passes through King Abdullah Port to reach the ports of Turkey and Greece, which are considered the southeastern gateway to Europe.
This confirms the transformation of King Abdullah Port - which became the second-largest container port in Saudi Arabia within five years of operation - into a major hub for global trade through the main shipping route between the east and the west.
Its location provides access to a network of highways reaching main cities such as Jeddah, Yanbu, Holy Makkah and Al Madinah. Run by the Ports Development Company, the port is the first in the region to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector.
It has been listed as the world's fastest-growing container port and one of the 100 largest ports globally after less than four years of operation. Further, 10 of the largest shipping lines work at the port to offer integrated services to importers and exporters.
King Abdullah Port's proximity to a bonded and re-export zone and logistics park provides world-class logistics support for clients and enable them to achieve their desired growth.