SGP is now the sole container terminal operator of the port.
The handover of First Container Terminal from Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) to SGP was completed in less than six months following the signing of a 30-year build, operate and transfer (BOT) agreement between Mawani and SGP on 13 April 2020.
“The smooth transition within a short timeline under the pandemic situation is phenomenal. The positive relationship will be the catalyst to accelerate the developments to elevate the seaport and logistics capabilities of Dammam to support the industrial growth initiatives under Saudi Vision 2030,” said Abdulla Zamil, chairman of SGP.
Since the signing of the BOT agreement, Mawani and SGP have worked on various activities including manpower retention, transfer of assets, engagement of the port community, and collaboration with stakeholders.
In addition to the transfer of equipment from Mawani, SGP has advanced the purchase and commissioning of more than 200 new handling equipment to facilitate smooth operations at both terminals.
SGP’s development and modernisation plans will integrate both container terminals into a mega container hub. When the planned expansion works are fully completed, KAPD’s annual container handling capacity will increase to an estimated 7.5m teu.
Wan Chee Foong, regional ceo of Middle East South Asia, PSA International, commented: “As both a shareholder and technical partner, PSA is committed to providing its expertise and leveraging its resources towards the transformation of King Abdulaziz Port into a global mega hub, with modern and robust infrastructure, and through the cultivation of a strong Saudi workforce.”
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