Saudi Global Ports (SGP) has commenced the first phase of its upgrade and development programme at the two container terminals in King Abdulaziz Port Dammam by appointing Jacobs Engineering Group as the civil engineering consultant.
The operator, which is a joint venture between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and PSA International, aims to leverage Jacobs’s expertise in port design and experience in supervising construction works across the country.
First Container Terminal which has been in operations for more than 30 years will be upgraded while Second Container Terminal will be expanded to serve the next generation of mega vessels.
The partners will focus on incorporating sustainability to minimise the environmental impact of terminal operations.
In addition, smart port designs will be introduced to enhance SGP’s benchmark productivity as well as upskill jobs for Saudi nationals.
This includes allocating an area called the Sandbox to test new technologies in automation and connectivity, and to develop new processes that will be subsequently deployed across SGP upon successful test bedding.
Edward Tah, CEO of SGP, said: “The appointment of Jacobs has been a key milestone to this development and we are confident that their technical expertise, coupled with PSA’s global experience, will bring about a robust and innovative blueprint to deliver on SGP’s commitment.
“We are taking progressive steps towards transforming Dammam into a leading international container port equipped with digital and smart capabilities, and continue to contribute towards Mawani and the Kingdom’s plans for a transformational transport and logistics sector.”
Under Saudi Arabia’s “National Strategy for Transport and Logistics” unveiled recently by the Crown Prince, a strong maritime sector will contribute towards positioning the country as a global logistics hub across three continents; a key pillar to support a thriving economy under Vision 2030.
The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) is looking to focus on digital transformation to enhance integration and connectivity within and outside the country, to compete with the largest and best international ports.