Riyadh — The Jeddah Islamic Port, the largest port in Saudi Arabia, reported a growth of 6.8% in 2020, with volumes increasing to 4.7 million TEU’s (twenty-foot equivalent units) from 4.3 million TEU’s in 2019.
This increase in volume moved Jeddah Islamic Port to the rank of 37 out of 100 top global ports, moving up from 42nd place compared to last year, according to the Lloyd’s List 2021 of Top 100 ports.
The 2021 edition of Lloyd’s Top 100 Ports was recently published, measuring global ports’ annual container throughput volumes in 2020. It includes three Saudi ports; King Abdullah Port ranks 84, King Abdulaziz Port ranks 93, and Jeddah Islamic Port ranks 37.
This improvement comes as a direct result of the largest build-operate-transfer (BOT) container terminal agreement at Jeddah port, with agreed investments of SR 9 billion for 30 years.
These new bots will enhance the container terminals capacity beyond 70%, reaching over 13 million TEU’s.
At the same time, the Saudi Ports Authority “MAWANI” continues to engage strategically and partner with major global shipping lines to enhance the development of logistics services in Saudi Ports in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.