HIGER to improve public transport

The announcement was made at an event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah.
Updated 21 April 2018
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HIGER to improve public transport

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has announced a new strategic partnership with HIGER Bus, a leading Chinese bus and coach manufacturer, to support the development of public transportation in Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will now offer various types of HIGER Bus vehicles to customers in Saudi Arabia, including coaches, city buses, school buses, electric, hybrid and clean energy buses and high capacity articulated buses designed to operate in bus rapid transit system (BRT).
The partnership aims to expand and deepen HIGER’s presence in Saudi Arabia and meet rising public demand for safe, accessible transport — a key objective of Saudi Vision 2030.
The announcement was made at a special event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah, attended by officials from the Ministry of Hajj, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, HIGER Bus, and executives from bus operators in Makkah. Guests included Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister for transportation affairs, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; Osama Samkari, general director assistant for transport, Naqaba; and Hamza Ghulman, dean of College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University; and Marwan Sulaimani, director, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel is pleased to announce this partnership with HIGER Bus, the world’s third largest bus manufacturer. This is another demonstration of our position as an investment partner of choice for international businesses operating in Saudi Arabia and the region.
“Although this is the first time we have partnered with a bus company, we have achieved a high-quality level of after-sales services in automotive parts and machinery trade over the last 70 years. Combined with our best-in-class support, we will continue our commitment to improving and enhancing our services. The new partnership creates a strong and reliable contribution for Saudi Arabia as it looks to improve its public transportation, while supporting the increase of pilgrims visiting the country.”
Gary Jiang, general manager overseas of HIGER Bus, said: “Established in 1998, HIGER Bus has manufactured more than 250,000 vehicles over the last 20 years. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of buses, with vehicles exported to 130 countries. HIGER’s partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will further strengthen the brand and will provide customers peace of mind.”


King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017.
Updated 21 January 2019
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King Abdullah Port throughput up by 36%

The annual throughput of King Abdullah Port increased to 2,301,595 TEUs by the end of 2018, an increase of more than 36 percent compared to 2017. This maintains its position as the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling. 

Since its inception in the last quarter of 2013 the number of containers handled by the port has reached 7,227,859 TEUs. The port’s management stated that the annual increase in throughput was primarily achieved in conjunction with an 8 percent increase in imports and exports compared to 2017.

King Abdullah Port CEO Rayan Qutub said: “King Abdullah Port constitutes a real success story in public-private sector partnerships in light of the increasingly outstanding figures it achieves year after year. The port has become the leading driver in the maritime shipping and logistics services sector in terms of building knowledge, launching initiatives and supporting various activities in this sector.”

He added: “King Abdullah Port aspires to support the Kingdom’s economic development and enhance its competitiveness by increasing the efficiency of logistics services and supporting trade movement between the Kingdom and the rest of the world in line with Vision 2030. The latter would occur through the provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistics services to become a landmark on the maritime and logistics services map in the Kingdom and the region.”

Referring back to the 2018 results, Qutub said: “We achieved a record 50 percent increase in container handling in the first half of 2018, and we are moving forward with our development plans to provide best practices in the fields of port development and operation as well as supporting logistical services. This will increase the Kingdom’s competitive advantage on the logistics services index, and in turn effectively contribute to achieving the logistical objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.” 

The results achieved by King Abdullah Port in 2018 include an increase in transshipment volume reaching 1,847,569 TEUs, which is a 44 percent increase compared to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of vessels received by the port increased to 911 vessels, a 12 percent increase compared to 820 vessels in 2017. 

The port features state-of-the-art facilities including 18-meter water berths, which are the deepest in the world, and the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which employ the latest technology and feature a 65-ton lifting capacity as well as a handling capacity of 25 containers. Such facilities enable the port to serve giant container vessels now and in the future.