King Abdullah Port named as world’s 2nd growing port by Alphaliner

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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King Abdullah Port in Saudi has ranked second globally in terms of growth by France-based Alphaliner, the global leader in analyzing maritime transport data, port capabilities and the future of vessels and shipping route development.

The Port lifted its global ranking from 83rd to 73rd on Alphaliner’s list of the 100 largest container ports in the world in 2021, showcasing its commitment to long-term growth and industry excellence.

King Abdullah Port substantially raised its throughput during the year 2021, from 2.15 million Twenty Equipment Unit (TEU) in 2020 to 2.81 million TEU. With a 30.6 percent volume growth, it is second only to the Mexican Port of Lazaro Cardenas.

The Alphaliner rankings follow King Abdullah Port’s recent recognition as Best Container Terminal, and Best Bulk and General Cargo Terminal at the 2021 International Finance Transportation Awards which was preceded in December 2021 by the “Outstanding Achievement” award from Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

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Jay New
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“Intrinsic to King Abdullah Port’s overarching strategy is a firm belief in the importance of achieving consistent, sustainable growth above all. As the Kingdom’s newest port facility, establishing ourselves as a world-class trade and logistics hub that delivers long-term value, year upon year, to our stakeholders is what has helped solidify our reputation both regionally and globally. Having been ranked the world’s second growing port for the second time, a recognition we first received in 2018, is a testament to our foresight, steadfastness and dedication to enhancing our operational capabilities on every level.”

This industry recognition reflects the port’s impressive performance throughout 2021, which saw a 31 percent increase in container throughput and a 15 percent increase in bulk and general cargo. Furthermore, they were recently called on by Maersk ME4 Westbound service to support Saudi Arabia’s exporters by bringing its ocean service closer to its 100,000 square meters non-bonded area offering integrated logistics solutions and working as a hub for petrochemicals.

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