Saudi Maritime Congress, Mawani aims to transform operations and logistical processes at Saudi ports
The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) recently signed seven contracts and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with partners from the public and private sectors with a total exceeding SAR 900mn (US$ 240mn), which included establishing a new integrated logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port, developing the infrastructure according to the latest global standards, as well as developing the new ports’ management system.
The signing took place at the recently concluded Saudi Maritime Congress hosted in Dammam in September 2022, with the patronage of HRH Prince Ahmed Bin Fahd Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Governor of Eastern Province.
By signing the contracts and MoUs, Mawani aims to achieve complete transformation in the process of operations and logistical support at Saudi ports, to fulfill the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) to position Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub.
As the first contract signed with Globe Group to build an integrated logistics park and a re-export zone at Jeddah Islamic Port over an area of 135,000sqm, to provide and employment opportunities and enable national companies specialized in the logistics industry.
While the second contract was signed with PC Marine Services with a total of SAR 458mn to cooperate in strengthening food security through Jeddah Islamic Port, by constructing new berths with a design depth of 16m and a length of 1100m, while increasing the number of berths from 26 to 31 in the multi-purpose terminal to accommodate large dry bulk vessels.
Whereas Mawani also signed a contract with Modern Building Leaders (MBL) in cooperation with Huta Hegerfeld Saudia Ltd, to implement the project of deepening the approach channels, turning basins, waterways, and the southern terminal basin at Jeddah Islamic Port with a total of SAR 184mn, which will facilitate receiving large vessels with a capacity of 24,000 TEUs.
Mawani also signed another contract with Giza Arabia to implement the security system project at King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu with a total exceeding SAR 61mn, which will increase the efficiency of facilities and managing security vulnerabilities by developing the port’s security system according to best global practices.
Meanwhile, Mawani signed a MoU with King Abdulaziz University to implement the best practices in the fields of research, training, and academic affairs related to ports as well as the maritime transport and planning sector.
In addition, Mawani signed a MoU with the Saudi Accreditation Center to provide accreditation services to the conformity assessment bodies contracting with Mawani and strengthen the cooperation in the fields of research and exchanging expertise.
As Mawani also signed a MoU with Tabadul to develop the ports’ new management systems and implement the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies in Saudi ports, in line with the Smart Ports initiative to expand the services provided at the ports and to achieve the objectives of the digital transformation in the logistics sector.