The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) has launched the Smart Ports initiative that intends to automate operations in Saudi ports.
According to the statement, “MAWANI has signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with stc, Ericsson and Huawei, the Saudi Global Ports Company (SGP), the Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company (RSGT) and DP World.”
The main goal of these agreements is to make Saudi ports a pioneer in applying modern technologies and improving their competitiveness at the regional as well as at the international levels in the field of automated handling, serving importers and exporters, offering logistics services within the maritime transport industry, and strengthening the Kingdom’s leading role in the logistics sector.
“Saudi ports play a pivotal role in achieving the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 to increase the gross domestic product share of non-oil exports from 16 percent to 50 percent, especially since the ports account for more than 90 percent of the Saudi export movement. This movement constitutes an influential hub in diversifying sources within the national economy. The Smart Ports initiative is one of the great results of the corporate strategy of the Saudi Ports Authority that was launched during the past few months, with objectives derived from the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and from the Saudi Vision 2030 in developing a prosperous and sustainable maritime sector and to position the Kingdom’s as a global logistics hub.”
The President of the Saudi Ports Authority further noted that the Smart Ports initiative will contribute to achieving the Kingdom’s leadership in preserving the marine environment through the adoption of clean and renewable energy and implementing the latest technology equipment in all operational processes in Saudi ports.
As per the statement, MAWANI will work with its partners to activate the innovation, research, and development methodology for emerging technologies, resulting in new products and solutions that will “contribute to upgrading the operational system and raising the quality of performance of the Saudi ports network.”