Jubail port records 20pc increase in cargo
Jubail, July 11, 2014
Jubail Commercial Port has recorded a 20 per cent increase in the total weight of cargo transported via its port during the first half of 2014 with more than 5 million tonnes compared to 4.2 million tonnes during the same period last year, said a report.
The total tonnage of liquid bulk cargo exports and imports amounted to 1.6 million tonnes during the period as compared to 1.1 million tonnes, up 50 per cent, Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al-Amer, director general of JCP was quoted as saying in the Arab News report.
Meanwhile, the general cargo exports and imports declined by 38 per cent where it scored 579,738 tonnes by the end of June this year compared to 927,645 tonnes in the first half last year, he said.
The number of containers (TEU) saw an increase of 26 per cent, with a total number of 393 ships having docked at the port during the period as compared to 322 ships last year, with 22 per cent increase.
The increase will continue steadily during the current year due to the efforts of the port's management in marketing and promoting the port to the private sector and via encouraging them to import and export via the port as well as the continuous development of the port's services that are offered for customers in addition to improving the mechanisms of operation, which boosted the customers' confidence in the port's system.
"These achievements come as a result of the support given by the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to the ports' sector and the direct and ongoing follow-up of Abdulaziz bin Muhammad Al-Tuwaijri, president of Saudi Ports Authority, to enhance the performance of the Saudi ports and develop them to compete with international ports," Captain Al-Amer added.