Thursday , 23 January 2020
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Following the completion of the first phase of the 2bn Saudi Riyal (US$510m) Jeddah Islamic Port’s Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), commercial operations started this week with the arrival of the UASC vessel ‘Al Muttanabi’.

Red Sea Gateway Terminal starts commercial operations

Located at the northern end of the Jeddah Islamic Port, work at the greenfield site began in January 2008. The 1.8m teu second-generation terminal, constructed under a BOT agreement with the Saudi Port Authority, is due to be fully completed by Q3-2010 and is expected to add 45% to Jeddah Islamic Port’s annual teu capacity.

The terminal is currently equipped with six tandem-lift, super post-Panamax 85 tonne ZPMC ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, supported by 20 RTG yard cranes. An additional four STS cranes and six RTGs are scheduled for delivery by June 2010.

The terminal is using Navis Sparcs N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and a “smart” gate automation system to provide full gate-to-yard-to-vessel integration.

“Less than 2 years ago we broke the ground on this project and despite facing a globally challenging year our first ship berthed on schedule”, commented RSGT’s CEO, Aamer Alireza.

“The realisation of first phase of the terminal is a testament to the accomplishments made possible by successful partnerships and I would also like to extend my appreciation to the solid support of our shareholders, especially MMC of Malaysia, who have worked alongside in turning our terminal into a commercial reality,” he added.

Last week RSGT completed and transferred ownership of its dedicated 16.5 m deep water channel and alongside 18 m turning basin to the Saudi Port’s Authority. To be used solely by vessels calling at the facility, the channel is capable of handling the new generation of supersize cargo vessels.

“RSGT’s concept is to satisfy not only current needs but also to provide for the kingdom’s future requirements”, concluded Alireza. “Our facility will no doubt have a significant impact on increasing the efficiency of cargo movement, reinforcing Jeddah Islamic Port’s position and in turn stimulating the Saudi economy through new job and investment opportunities”.