Saudi Global Ports (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Singapore-based port and terminal operator PSA International (PSA), started its commercial operations this month at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam.
On April 23, 2015, SGP handled the first commercial vessel, M/V NIARA, owned by Orient Express Line. 1,011 TEUs were handled on this 2,000-TEU capacity vessel.
Located in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Dammam City, phase 1 of SGP’s terminal has 16 metres of water depth, and is equipped with six quay cranes of 23 container row span on 700 metres of quay.
When the new SGP terminal is fully developed, it will have a quay length of 1,200 metres and 12 quay cranes, with a designed capacity of 1.8 million TEUs per annum.
Tan Chong Meng, CEO at PSA International, said: “The completion and start-up of PSA’s first container terminal in Dammam testifies to PSA’s commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am confident that this important gateway port will help the region grow its trade and business activities.”