King Abdul Aziz Port Named Port of the Year at ShipTek Awards

Riyadh, May 19 (BNA):  King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam has been named “Port of the Year” at the 19th edition of the ShipTek Awards, according to a press release from the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani).

This accolade celebrates Mawani’s endeavor to improve the port’s infrastructure, whose central focus was the development and operation of container terminals. With an investment exceeding SAR7 billion through a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) system, the port’s container handling capacity has surged by over 120%, now reaching 7.5 million TEUs.

Mawani has partnered with STC to propel King Abdul Aziz Port into the future as a smart port powered by 5G technology. This partnership, part of the Smart Ports programme, aims to automate operations, including remote control of cranes, for enhanced efficiency and faster container movement.

Further enhancing the port’s capabilities are four integrated logistics parks, representing an investment exceeding SAR 1.2 billion.  These parks streamline transportation, distribution, and storage operations, both regionally and locally, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Strategic partnerships with leading global shipping lines have resulted in the launch of 12 new shipping services in 2023 and a further six since the beginning of 2024.

These infrastructure advancements have yielded impressive results, with the port achieving record-breaking container throughput. In 2023, the port handled 2,305,811 TEUs, a 13.10% increase over 2022.

The upward trend continued in February 2024, with the port handling a record 235,820 TEUs, a remarkable 25.41% growth compared to the same period in the previous year.

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