Computer glitch leads to causeway jam

Updated 15 November 2013
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Computer glitch leads to causeway jam

Long lines of cars were queuing up on the 25-km King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain, due to a malfunction at the passport system on Wednesday.
Many cars resorted to taking a U-turn after waiting for more than three hours on the bridge. Some found themselves stuck in the traffic jam.
“If I had not made a U-turn, I would have had to stay until midnight,” said one commuter.
“There are no emergency gates along the causeway road. There should be gates or gaps that cars can return through if needed,” said another commuter.
The system shut down from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
King Fahd International Airport was also affected by the system failure and some international flights were delayed for hours.
Speaking to Arab News, Lt Col. Muala Al-Otaibi said that an updating of the computer system of the passport control led to the glitch.
“Some of the terminals at some borders had stopped for a while and then continued working,” he said, adding that “the system returned to a normal and it is working well in all EP borders now.”


Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Arabian Military Industries to build five corvettes with Spain’s Navantia

  • The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022
  • The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has announced the signature of a Joint Venture (JV) Agreement for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes with the Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company Navantia. The program will start this autumn with the last unit to be delivered by 2022.
In line with the contract, Navantia and SAMI have agreed on the establishment of a JV in Saudi Arabia, which will provide an exceptional opportunity to consolidate the position of the integrated systems and technologically advanced solutions provided by Navantia in the Saudi market and area of influence, perfectly aligned with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by localizing 50% of the total military spending by 2030.
The contract will generate 6,000 direct and indirect jobs for five years, as follows: 1,100 direct jobs, more than 1,800 from the auxiliary industry, and more than 3,000 indirect jobs generated by other suppliers.
In this respect, the JV will focus on program management and combat system integration and installation, system engineering, system architecture, hardware design, software development, testing and verification, prototyping, simulation, modelling, and through-life support.
Ahmed Al-Khateeb, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, said: “SAMI remains committed to being a key enabler of the Saudi Vision 2030, and the establishment of this Joint Venture with Navantia will localize more than 60% of ship combat systems work including, installation, and integration, which contribute to the Kingdom’s objective to be at the forefront of shaping the local military industries ecosystem. We will continue to explore collaborations and leverage partnerships that meet our key mandate to localize more than half of the Kingdom’s total military spending.”
Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez, Chairman of Navantia, said: “Navantia is very happy with the signature of this contract that means a starting point for the collaboration with Saudi Arabia. Navantia is committed to contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 and will support the country in this endeavour. The JV between SAMI and Navantia is an opportunity to develop capabilities in the country and jointly explore future opportunities.”
For the Avante 2200 contract, the JV will be responsible, among others, of supplying the Combat System of all five ships. Corvettes 4th and 5th will be finalized and delivered to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the JV will do the installation, integration and test of the complete Combat System.