Container Volumes Rise by 45 Pct at King Abdullah Port

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah Port has achieved new heights in container handling this year, Rayan Qutub, CEO of the port, revealed.

The port’s container throughput increased by 45 percent during the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.

Qutub explained that the substantial increase will play an important role in promoting King Abdullah Port as a logistics hub strategically located on the Red Sea.

He added that the progress at King Abdullah Port falls in line with Vision 2030’s logistics goals to link the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe by offering services and infrastructure to service international shipping lines and facilitate transshipment services as well as imports and exports.

In 2017, the port recorded a 21 percent increase in its annual throughput compared to 2016, reaching 1.7 million TEU and becoming the second largest port in Saudi Arabia in terms of container handling.

The port also saw a rise in transshipment volume in 2017, while the number of vessels received by the port increased to 820 vessels, compared to 716 vessels received in 2016.

These results helped King Abdullah Port to land the eighth spot among the world’s fastest-growing ports for 2017, according to Alphaliner.

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