In less than six months from delivering the third berth, Ports Development Company(PDC), the owner and developer of King Abdullah Port (KAP), has handed over the fourth berth at KAP to National Container Terminal Co. after fulfilling all Saudi coastguard and customs requirements.
According to PDC, the new berth has been constructed to the highest international standards. Equipped with the latest systems and technology, it will not only enhance overall performance but will allow more vessels and containers to be handled to meet the growing demand for import and exports through King Abdullah Port.
Engineer Abdullah Bin Mohamed Hameedaddin, Managing Director of Ports Development Company said that the fourth berth is considered one of the important stages of development at King Abdullah Port especially since the handing over has taken place only 18 months since the start of port operations.
With a total length of 1,400 m, an alongside depth of 18 m and equipped with the largest cranes in the world using the latest technology, the berth will boost the port’s container capacity to around 3m teu/year.
The new KAP has already begun to impact Jeddah Islamic Port’s container business. Located some 230 kms to the south, both JIP’s North and South Terminals have seen 2M business from Maersk and MSC move to KAP.