The ships – MV. COSCO SHIPPING SOLAR With a capacity of 21,300 TEU, length of 400 meters, width of 59 meters and depth of 16 meters in the water; is the largest ship ever to call in all the Saudi Ports.
The arrival of the ships, which started their journeys from Qingdao in China, highlights the Saudi Ports position as a global logistics destination.
The Director General of the Port Eng.Waleed Al Faris, said: " King Abdulaziz Port can handle any type of cargo with its diverse capabilities and sold infrastructure. It has four terminals operated by the best in class ports operation companies. These include two container terminals; the first, operated by the International Port Services Company, has a capacity of 2.5 million containers TEU’s and a 16 metre deep with 10 berths totalling 2,160 metres in length. It is equipped with 17 bridge cranes, 5 of them are fully operated remotely. The second terminal, operated by the Saudi Global Ports Company, and has a capacity of 1.5 million containers TEU’s, with two berths totalling 700 metres in length and a 16.5 metre deep. It is equipped with 6 bridge cranes and has an additional 600,000 square metre area. The terminals are supported by a large number of mobile stackers and container cranes.”
King Abdelaziz Port, with its integrated maritime capabilities and advanced logistic facilities, has received many international maritime awards. The Most Innovative Ports 2018 and the Best Customer Service Awards 2018 from International Finance Awards. It was also recognised in two categories at the Transport Arabia Excellence Awards 2017; Operational Excellence in Container Handling, and Rail Infrastructure Project. The International Port Services Company received the Best Container Terminal 2017 award. and Recently, King Abdulaziz Port received the International Quality Management Award (IQM) in the diamond category from Business Initiative Directions (BID).
The Port also has received at the beginning of May one of the largest container vessel (CSCL Globe), reflecting the efficiency of the port internationally and on the Kingdom’s global position as a distinguished logistics hub in the centre of three continents; contributing to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.