New York Times - Ships and Shipping

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

5.15% increase in ships visiting Jeddah port

A file photo of Jolly Diamante, Ignazio Messina’s biggest roll on, roll off (roro) container vessel, at Jeddah’s Islamic Port. (AN photo)

JEDDAH: Jeddah’s Islamic Port (JIP) registered remarkable growth in the exporting and importing of goods during 2012, according to a report published by the Saudi Port Authority.
“The number of ships coming into and leaving the port rose by 5.15 percent last month, compared to the same period in 2011,” the report said. An increase of 4.57 percent was also seen in the number of passengers the port handles.
Sahir Mousa Tahlawi, JIP director general, said the port received 419,200 containers with 980,000 tons of food items in July 2012.
Building materials handled by the port increased by 27 percent to 1.1 million tons. It also received 57,800 cars and 411,000 head of livestock.
Al-Tahlawi said JIP’s exports and imports rose to 3.6 million tons during the first six months of this year. The number of containers rose by 21.21 percent to 2.7 million.
“The port authority wants to exploit JIP’s maximum capacity to speed up work at the port,” the director general said. “The port will work round the clock every day, including Thursday, Friday and official holidays,” he added.
Jeddah Islamic Port is strategically located in the middle of the international shipping route between the east and west.
It covers 10.5 square kilometers, with 58 deep-water quays having an overall length of 11.2 kilometers with a draft reaching 16 meters.
It can accommodate the latest generation of large container vessels.

Source: Arab News, Saudi Arabia.

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