Saudi ports car imports increased amid transshipment growth in Q1
Riyadh: Amid an increase in cargo throughput tonnes in the first quarter of 2022, Saudi ports saw an increase in car imports, according to official figures.
In the first three months of the year, the number of cars increased by 12.85 per cent to 219,488, according to data released by the Saudi Ports Authority, MAWANI.
The number of passengers increased by 61.70 per cent to 258,076.
Cargo throughput of Kingdom Ports increased by 7.18 per cent to 74 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2022.
The number of transshipment containers increased by 5.91 per cent to 1.3 million TEUs, compared to the same period last year.
With a total of 3,186 vessels, the vessels increased by 0.28 per cent.
Saudi ports, however, saw a decline of 57.75 per cent in the number of cattle imported with a total of 336,581 head of cattle, a decline of 1.27 per cent to a total of 2.5 million containers.
MAWANI said the development of the national economy, the growth of trade activities in the country and the formation of strategic partnerships with major global shipping lines have all contributed to strengthening Saudi ports’ connections with East and West ports and increasing throughput volumes.
Mawani aims to strengthen the Kingdom’s position as a global logistics hub and link between the three continents through programs such as smart ports targeting automation operations in Saudi ports.
The authority launched its Smart Ports initiative on March 20 at the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Kingdom, and included Saudi Telecom Co., Ericsson, Huawei, Saudi Global Ports Co., Red Sea Gateway Terminal Co., and DP World.
Through these agreements, Mawani aims to make Saudi ports a leader in the application of modern technology and in enhancing their competitiveness at the regional and international levels.
Omar bin Talal Hari, President of the Ports Authority, said at the launch that Saudi ports are entering a crucial stage of transforming into automated smart ports by adopting the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with their sophisticated applications.