US$ 50mn upgrade enables the Eastern Province export market to ship through Jubail port
Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), part of the Gulftainer group of companies, has announced enhancements to Jubail Commercial Port. With the completed upgrades, the port now has the capacity to process 1.8mn twenty-foot containers (TEU’s) per year.
By increasing export volumes in Jubail, Saudi Arabian exporters will have the ability to directly reduce carbon emissions. According to the World Economic Forum, moving cargo by truck accounts for approximately 25 percent of global transport emissions.
Although 60 percent of containers processed by cargo operators in the Jubail region are currently moved via the port, the remaining 40 percent is transported via the Dammam highway. Exporters with ambitious carbon neutrality goals can take an average of 101 km off the road with each container moved over Jubail.
Congestion and traffic accidents on the highway frequently delay access to the Eastern Province and congest the surrounding hinterland. By upgrading Jubail’s throughput capabilities, cargo owners will be able to directly improve road safety and ensure the integrity of KSA’s critical oil and gas supply chain.
“As we upgrade the Jubail Commercial Port, we continue to work with the Saudi Ports Authority, Mawani, and other key stakeholders, including SABIC and Sadara, to divert the transportation of containers to the port,” asserted Jason French, Managing Director, GSCCO. Strategically located, this multipurpose port can handle container, bulk, and general cargo and is critical to the economic development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.