Jubail port records 20% increase in cargo transport

Updated 11 July 2014
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Jubail port records 20% increase in cargo transport

Jubail Commercial Port has seen a 20 percent increase in the total weight of cargo transported via its port during the first half of 2014 with 5,075,054 tons compared to 4,244,648 tons during the same period in question.
Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al-Amer, director general of Jubail Commercial Port, said that the total tonnage of liquid bulk cargo exports and imports amounted to 1,693,001 tons in the first six months since the beginning of the year compared to the same period last year when it was 1,132,343 tons, a 50 percent increase.
Meanwhile, the general cargo exports and imports declined by 38 percent where it scored 579,738 tons by the end of June this year compared to 927,645 tons in the first half of 2013, he noted.
Al-Amer said the number of containers (TEU) saw an increase of 26 percent for the first half of 2014 when it stood at 190,156 TEUs compared to 150,411 TEUs for the same period last in 2013.
According to him, a total number of 393 ships have docked at Jubail Commercial Port during the first half of 2014 compared to 322 ships for the first half of 2013, with 22 percent increase.
Al-Amer predicted that the increase will continue steadily during the current year due to the efforts of the port’s management in marketing and promoting the port to the private sector and via encouraging them to import and export via the port as well as the continuous development of the port’s services that are offered for customers in addition to improving the mechanisms of operation, which boosted the customers’ confidence in the port’s system.
“These achievements come as a result of the support given by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the ports’ sector and the direct and ongoing follow-up of Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Tuwaijri, president of Saudi Ports Authority, to enhance the performance of the Saudi ports and develop them to compete with international ports,” he added.


US-Saudi business council reports $13bn in contracts

Updated 24 May 2019
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US-Saudi business council reports $13bn in contracts

  • Improved oil prices, combined with a government focus on spending, contributed to the rise, the council said

LONDON: The value of joint Saudi-US contracts rose to $13 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to a business council report.

That marked the highest value of awarded contracts since the first quarter of 2015, the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council said.

The value of contracts awarded during the first quarter amounted to about half of the total value in all of last year, it added.

The contracts “included many vital projects, notably in the oil, gas, water and transport sectors,” Abdallah Jum’ah, the co-chair of the council, was reported as saying by Asharq Al-Awsat.

Energy was the top sector, with $3.1 billion of the value of contracts awarded, with many struck by Saudi Aramco. 

Improved oil prices, combined with a government focus on spending, contributed to the rise, the council said.

The construction sector also looks set for a recovery after many projects were put on hold due to the oil-price crash.

“If the pace of awarding construction contracts witnessed during the first quarter of 2019 continues for the rest of the year, the index of awarding construction contracts may return to the range we witnessed before the canceling and postponing of mega projects due to lower oil revenue,” the council said.