His Royal Highness, Prince Khalid Alfaisal, Governor of Makkah Region, toured King Abdullah Port on Monday, April 4.
Alfaisal viewed the progress of work at the first port ever to be fully owned, developed and operated by the private sector, both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, and gauged what has been achieved so far.
His Royal Highness was hosted by senior government officials, top executives, as well as senior executives from the Economic Cities Authority, and members of the board of directors of the Ports Development Company, which owns and develops the port.
Also present were senior staff from Huta Marine Works Ltd. and the National Container Company, the primary operator of the port’s container terminal.
At the beginning of his tour, Alfaisal was presented with a detailed overview of the entire timeline of King Abdullah Port’s development, what has been achieved so far and the multitude of potential opportunities it is foreseen to offer.
He then moved on to berth 4, where they observed the unloading of two container ships, owned by Maersk Line and MSC.
They also saw Huta’s colossal dredgers, including one that is considered the world’s biggest dredger, digging out the seafloor to make room for new berths.
Earlier this year, King Abdullah Port announced that it had made a breakthrough achievement in 2015, its second full year of operation.
Throughout last year, the port handled a record 1.3 million TEU, operating three berths through May, with a fourth berth having come online that month.
The berths are expected to achieve even greater figures in coming years.