King Abdullah Port achieved a new record for the monthly volume of breakbulk cargo, by handling more than 600,000 tons. The accomplishment demonstrates the port’s outstanding capacity and efficiency in cargo handling as well as the role it plays in facilitating the smooth flow of trade in the Kingdom and the region, besides its contributions to the growth of the logistics sector.
Commenting on the increase in breakbulk cargo handling, Jay New, CEO of King Abdullah Port, said: “King Abdullah Port’s new record demonstrates its growing significance as a major hub for global trade through the advanced infrastructure and efficient operations. This accomplishment is the result of the team’s efforts to continuously raise the efficiency of our operations and the capabilities of the Kingdom’s logistics sector, by expanding port services in support of Vision 2030 objectives which aim to increase the global competitiveness of the Kingdom’s logistics sector while increasing the percentage of non-oil exports to support the diversification of the national economy.”
The new feat that consists of cement-related, agricultural and steel materials, follows King Abdullah Port’s strong performance in 2020 despite the challenges of the global pandemic, when it recorded a 12.4 percent growth of the bulk and general cargo segment. The port also played a key role in facilitating the flow of various goods to the Kingdom’s vital economic sectors during the pandemic period, thanks to its enhanced operational efficiency, innovative digital initiatives, realigned working practices, and proactive health and safety protocols.
Owned by the Ports Development Company, King Abdullah Port is the region’s first port to be owned, developed, and operated by the private sector. Ranked as the world’s second most efficient port by the World Bank in 2020, the port emerged as one of the world’s top 100 ports within four years of operation. With its strategic location in King Abdullah Economic City — a modern city with a pro-business ecosystem and infrastructure — King Abdullah Port leverages the city’s advanced facilities and services, particularly the Industrial Valley, which has attracted many logistics projects as well as light and medium industries.