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King Abdullah Port throughput up 31% in 2021

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King Abdullah Port reported throughput of 2.8m teu in 2021, up from 2.2m teu in 2020.

The Saudi port also recorded a 15% increase in bulk and general cargo throughput, from 3.3m tons in 2020 to 3.8m tons in 2021.

2021 brought new developments at the port, including a first step into supporting petrochemical exporters through a joint project with Maersk. The Maersk Hub is a non-bonded warehouse facilitating the storage of export cargo and enabling pallet handling, stuffing, and shuttling.

At a time of supply chain disruption, the port cut lead times and costs with its international in-transit cargo service supported by inland transportation between Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries. Vessel maintenance and repair services were also introduced through the opening of a marine office in partnership with Al Salem Johnson Controls – YORK.

King Abdullah Port CEO Jay New, said: “We are proud of our achievements during a challenging year, not only improving our track record on all fronts but also enhancing our contributions to the national economy. Our deep commitment to the Vision 2030 goals drives our efforts to reinforce Saudi Arabia’s position as a global logistics hub and facilitate the growth of trade and exports in line with the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify the economy.”

The port was awarded at the the Outstanding Achievement award at the 2021 Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, and Africa.