The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the addition of Jeddah Islamic Port to the REX shipping service operated by Asyad Line, part of Oman’s global integrated logistics provider Asyad Group.
The new cargo route, which was launched in May, utilizes two vessels with a capacity of 2,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to connect Jeddah to the ports of Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Salalah, and Sokhna.
The latest move is expected to boost Mawani’s aims to enhance the competitive edge of the Kingdom’s busiest hub and its container operators besides expanding the Kingdom’s maritime connectivity and trade output in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).
With an eye on positioning Jeddah among the world’s top ten hubs, the Red Sea port is undergoing a series of infrastructure upgrades, which include the deepening of approach channels and turning basins, and building new berths, to enable greater maritime traffic and bolstering its best-in-class logistics offerings in support of the nation’s economic development and diversification drive.
Mawani strives to realize Saudi Arabia’s economic and social ambitions by ensuring reliable and efficient logistics operations, as well as creating a safe and sustainable maritime environment. Developing the Kingdom’s industrial capabilities to fulfill the objectives of the National Transport Strategy in line with Saudi Vision 2030, has and will always be one of Mawani’s main objectives, thus contributing to making Saudi Arabia a pioneer in the ports sector.