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Saudi Global Ports in Dammam sets new single ship call handling record

SAUDI's King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam has set a new record for any Saudi port on the Persian Gulf by handling 12,691 TEU in a single call, reports the port's container terminal operator Saudi Global Port (SGP)

15 July 2020 - 19:00

SAUDI's King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam has set a new record for any Saudi port on the Persian Gulf by handling 12,691 TEU in a single call, reports the port's container terminal operator Saudi Global Port (SGP).

The ship in question was the 19,273-TEU Cosco Shipping Aquarius, operated by Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), which called the port at end-June. reported Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News.



SGP reports that its team painstakingly planned the whole handling operation, which required close teamwork between central planners, brokers, transporters and shippers 'working in perfect harmony while keeping safety in check'.



SGP is a 51:49 per cent joint venture between Saudi's Public investment Fund and PSA International of Singapore. Earlier this year it became sole container terminal operator at King Abdulaziz Port, taking over operation of both the First and Second Container Terminals at the Port.



Under the terms of the new 30-year lease the joint venture will invest at least SAR7 billion (US$1.87 billion) with a view to turning the port into a major container hub with annual capacity of 7.5 million TEU. The port is already the largest Saudi facility on the Gulf coast with 43 berths, an area of 19 square kilometres and annual capacity of 105 million tons.


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