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New Jeddah port starts operations

Jeddah: The completion of the first phase of Jeddah Islamic Port's newest premier container facility, Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), was recently celebrated with the arrival of UASC's Vessel Al Muttanabi.

The first call provides a practical demonstration of the Red Sea's most modern container terminal in action, RSGT said.

Located at the northern end of the Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), work at the Two billion Saudi riyals ($510 million) Greenfield container-terminal, commenced in January 2008.

The 1.8m TEU, second-generation terminal constructed under a BOT agreement with the Saudi Port Authority, is due to be fully completed by the third quarter next year, RSGT said.

The company management and directors were joined by Captain Saher Tahlawi, director-general of Jeddah Islamic and many high-level dignitaries and partners.

Since inception, RSGT has embraced its brief to build a modern and sustainable container terminal for the global marketplace, and the redefinition of the port industry in Saudi Arabia, it said.

Six Tandem-lift, Super Post-Panamax, 85-tonne cranes, manufactured by ZPMC were delivered and commissioned earlier in the year.

These ship-to-shore cranes are complimented by 20, advanced (RTGs)-Yard Cranes. An additional four cranes nd six RTGs are also scheduled for delivery by June next year.

Other port investments include the latest Terminal Operating Systems, Navis Sparcs N4, a fully integrated solution from gate to yard to vessel; highly "smart" gate automation system; as well as the employment of the latest construction techniques and environment-friendly materials available worldwide.

"Less than two years ago we broke the ground on this project. And despite facing a globally, challenging year our first ship has berthed on schedule," stated RSGT chief executive officer Aamer Alireza.

"The realisation of first phase of the terminal is a result of much more than excellent construction and world-class equipment. It is a testament to the accomplishments made possible by successful partnerships," said.

Earlier in the week RSGT completed and transferred the ownership of its dedicated deep-water channel to the Saudi Ports Authority.



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