The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced that it has signed seven contracts and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with partners from the public and private sectors at an aggregate value exceeding SAR 900 million. This includes establishing a new integrated logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port, developing the infrastructure in line with the latest global standards, together with creating a new ports management system.
Mawani hopes to fully transform the operations and logistical support processes in Saudi ports, in accordance with initiatives assigned to the Authority under the Saudi Vision 2030 program, and to meet the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), which aims to establish the Kingdom as a major logistics hub.
Mawani hopes to fully transform the operations and logistical support processes in Saudi ports
The first contract was signed with the Globe Group to construct an integrated logistics park and a re-export zone at Jeddah Islamic Port over an area of 135,000 m2. This will provide employment opportunities and assist national companies specializing in the logistics industry.
The second contract was signed with PC Marine Services (SAR 458 million) to cooperate in strengthening food security through Jeddah Islamic Port, by constructing new berths with a design depth of 16m and a length of 1100m. The number of berths will also be augmented, from 26 to 31, to accommodate large dry bulk vessels, progress infrastructure to receive larger dry bulk carriers and meet the local market demand for grain.
Mawani signed an MoU with King Abdulaziz University to instigate best practices in the fields of research, training, and academic affairs related to ports
Mawani has also signed a contract with Modern Building Leaders (MBL) in collaboration with Huta Hegerfeld Saudia Ltd to deepen the approach channels, turning basins, waterways, and the southern terminal basin at Jeddah Islamic Port, which will facilitate receiving large vessels with a capacity of 24,000 TEUs. The project value is SAR 184 million.
Another contract was signed with Giza Arabia to put into operation the security system project at King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu at a value exceeding SAR 61 million. This will boost the efficiency of facilities and manage security vulnerabilities by developing the port’s security system according to best global practices.
Meanwhile, Mawani signed an MoU with King Abdulaziz University to instigate best practices in the fields of research, training, and academic affairs related to ports as well as the maritime transport and logistics sector, while aiming to intensify cooperation in the fields of occupational health and safety, as well as the Maritime Law and investigations of maritime accidents and injuries, along with protecting the environment from oil leakage and pollution.
Mawani signed an MoU with the Saudi Accreditation Center to provide accreditation services to the conformity assessment bodies contracting with Mawani, and bolster cooperation in the fields of research and information exchange, to further ensure customer protection, as well as general health and safety according to the assessment standards in the Kingdom.
Finally, Mawani signed an MoU with Tabadul to develop the port’s new management systems and put into practice the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies across Saudi ports, in line with the Smart Ports initiative. This will help to expand the services provided at the ports and increase the 46 current services to reach 150 in order to achieve the objectives of digital transformation in the logistics sector.