Electronic system to monitor ships at Jeddah Islamic Port

Updated 03 January 2014

Electronic system to monitor ships at Jeddah Islamic Port

The Saudi Ports Authority has announced the installation of the first ever electronic monitoring system to monitor ships coming into and leaving Saudi ports.
The electronic system will also monitor workers’ movements and loading and unloading operation of shipments using cameras instead of supervision through manpower.
Musaad Al-Drees, director general of the authority said the installation of the electronic system was completed and it will be become operational in the next few days, monitoring both operations and safety issues at the ports.
He said the system will constantly monitor ships with cameras from the moment they enter Al-Mekhtaf area before entering the ports to reach the docks, and till they leave. “This thorough monitoring will eliminate glitches and malfunctioning in the loading and unloading processes which will lead to minimizing delays as much as possible,” he said.
Al-Drees said the authority’s objective in having the electronic system in place was to ensure maximum safety in handling shipments and also to facilitate navigation operations in Saudi ports. “Once the system is operational, work performance will be clear for officials and organizations since they would be able to monitor every detail related to various operations,” he pointed out.
Giving details of some of the activities and achievements of the authority, Al-Drees said: “Several projects costing a total of SR1.44 billion are being implemented, including 30 projects that will increase power capacity in ports, and establishing new administrative buildings. We have already completed the first phase of the Enterprise Content Management which involved application of the administration’s electronic communication system to follow up processes and production.”
On human resources issues, Al-Drees said the authority had so far promoted 356 of its staff. It had also suggested constitution of scholarships for university graduates to study further specializations in fields related with its work, like marine and civil engineering, business administration, logistics and sea transportation.


King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, right, receives the closing statement of the S20 group from its chair Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2020

King Salman receives closing statement of the Science Group Summit

  • The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state

On behalf of King Salman, Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday received the closing statement of the Science Group Summit (S20) from the group’s chair, Dr. Anas bin Faris Al-Fares, who is also the president of King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, after a virtual meeting.
Several scientific organizations from the G20 countries took part in the meeting, which was hosted by Saudi Arabia. The S20 group focuses on future health, a circular economy and the digital revolution. The meeting stressed the importance of making decisions based on scientific facts supported by data.
The closing statement of the meeting included 10 recommendations, which will be submitted to the G20 heads of state. More than 180 scholars participated in drafting the recommendation. They called for increasing the level of preparedness in the wake of a pandemic. They also recommended consolidating advanced treatment and precision medical research with a particular focus on keeping the costs affordable and treatments accessible to all.
The group also stressed the need to devise policies to face challenges arising from demographic shifts. One of the recommendations includes development of an integrated approach to the extraction of natural resources.
They also urged the relevant authorities to consolidate recycling systems to curb carbon emissions.