Hutchison Ports Dammam – Saudi’s most modern export-import gateway

Arguably Saudi Arabia’s most modern and heavily automated export-import gateway, Hutchison Ports Dammam (HPD, formerly known as International Ports Services) is a multi-purpose deepwater facility situated at King Abdulaziz Port, Dammam, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

The port is a joint venture between Hong Kong’s Hutchison Ports (the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 51 ports spanning 26 countries throughout Asia) and MACNA (The Maritime Company for Navigation).

MACNA is one of Saudi Arabia’s largest maritime companies, set up in 1995 for the purpose of developing shipping activities including sea, air, and land transportation all over the world. It owns a fleet of several ships working in the field of marine transportation for both passengers and cargo.

“Ours is a multi-purpose deepwater port with facilities for handling container, ro-ro, breakbulk, and refrigerated cargo,” says Jay New, HPD’s CEO and General Manager.

“We have been constantly breaking records, and continually setting the bar higher for productivity standards. In addition, we provide export hubbing within Hutchison Port Holdings’ global network.”


Employing the most technologically advanced features, the port features remote-controlled quay cranes, automated gates and award-winning IT services. Container-handling operations are supported by specialised equipment, planned and monitored by the NAVIS SPARCS and Express Terminal Operating System.

HPD has two multi-purpose berths for ro-ro and breakbulk operations. Loading and discharging of RORO units are recorded using Teklogix Mobile equipped with barcode scanner that ensures accuracy, avoid delays and expedites ro-ro operations.

The terminal has three rail tracks and a rail stacking area next to the tracks. All Riyadh-bound import containers after discharging are directly shifted to Rail Stack, where they are finally loaded on the train.

HPD provides an integrated bonded zone in Dammam Port at Saudi Development & Export Services for warehouses, open storage, container zone and auto zone. It also has a dedicated temperature-controlled reefer facility, with 2300 reefer points; and a dedicated area for container freight station (CFS) operations.

Posted 01 February 2019

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