MSC MINA, giant container ship docks at King Abdullah Port

The MSC MINA features a length of 400 meters, a breadth of 61 meters, and a draft of 16.5 meters.
Updated 09 October 2019

MSC MINA, giant container ship docks at King Abdullah Port

In its first visit to the Kingdom, the MSC MINA, one of the world’s largest container ships, has docked at King Abdullah Port, a Saudi port with the capability to receive the largest vessels in the world. The docking occurred amidst a warm welcome and in the attendance of representatives from the port’s management, officials from the Economic Cities Authority, several government agencies active in the port, and representatives of major clients, who boarded the mega vessel to observe its massive size and capacity, and to learn about its components and advanced technologies. 

The MSC MINA has a capacity of 23,656 TEUs and features a length of 400 meters, a breadth of 61 meters, and a draft of 16.5 meters. In regards to container storage, the MSC MINA can accommodate 24 rows of containers, with a height of 13 containers per row. Classified among the MSC Megamax-24 category, the largest category of container vessels in the world, the MSC MINA helps reduce fuel consumption on the container level, according to transport experts, and therefore helps reduce overall transport costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2013, King Abdullah Port announced its partnership with MSC and one year later received the MSC LONDON, which was the largest container ship to dock at a Saudi port at that time, followed in October 2015 by the MSC MAYA, the world’s largest at the time. 

King Abdullah Port is characterized by its powerful, state-of-the-art infrastructure and the world’s deepest 18-meter water berths. It is equipped with the world’s largest and most advanced cranes, which utilize the latest technologies and feature a lifting capacity of up to 65 tons, and which can handle 25 containers, thereby enabling the port to serve mega container vessels now and in the future.

The port recently announced the completion of the largest trade operation of its kind in the Kingdom with the receipt of 28 of the world’s latest Liebherr cranes as part of the new phase of the container terminal expansion project. The latter was sanctioned in a memorandum of understanding signed with the National Container Terminal Company last February at the official opening of the port in the attendance of the Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Technical teams are currently installing the cranes in the port and they are expected to start operating by the beginning of next year.


JHAH forum highlights patient safety in Saudi Arabia

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JHAH forum highlights patient safety in Saudi Arabia

More than 400 health care professionals representing over 12 organizations across the Kingdom as well as a diverse group of health care providers from the US-based Johns Hopkins Medicine came together recently with a single-minded purpose — patient safety and quality of care in Saudi Arabia. 

The event on Jan. 12 and 13 was the 6th Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Patient Safety Symposium, which from its inception has been held in coordination with Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. 

“The Patient Safety Symposium was the first major event we held at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH),” said Dr. Daniele Rigamonti, JHAH CEO. “We had determined early on that a focus on patient safety would be an area where we could have a major and immediate impact on patient care both within JHAH and across the Kingdom.” 

The annual event is designed to bring together both in-Kingdom expertise from organizations such as the Ministry of Health, JHAH, the Saudi Patient Safety Center, the Saudi Central Board for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (CBAHI) as well as US-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

“What I have seen over the years is the amazing capacity of not only JHAH staff but also the invited health care professionals to share and learn and to develop an amazing platform on which to move forward with patient safety both locally and globally as well ... I feel privileged to learn from my friends and colleagues in Saudi Arabia and take that learning with me to share where ever I can,” said Paula Kent, patient safety specialist, Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

This year, the symposium included a poster session that displayed a wide range of studies and activities that have been or are currently being conducted at JHAH. The winning poster was the “Lean Six Sigma Project for Improving Oncology Patient Waiting Time for Chemotherapy Administration.”

As patient safety is the responsibility of everyone in a health care organization, both the presentations and participants highlighted a wide range of topics and disciplines from quality improvement to human resources.