Saudi Arabia commences a new shipping line to East Asia

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Saudi Arabia’s Ports Authority (MAWANI) has started running its new freighting line at the Jubail Commercial Port for container transportation between the Kingdom and East African countries.

The new transport, which will be conducted through global shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine and partly in agreement with The Alliance consisting of Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, OEN of Japan, and Yang Ming of Taiwan, attempts to aid regular trips to the port on a weekly basis helping industrial companies in Jubail and Ras Al Khair.

It will provide economic development and improve the coastal transportation of container ships between the Kingdom’s ports and East African ports.

The project, backed by the Logistics Committee and under the supervision of the Minister of Transport, is part of the authority’s initiatives to increase the connectivity of the Kingdom’s ports with international ports and to draw major global shipping lines by giving them with the best services.

It is in line with the authority’s plans and strategic goals to raise Saudi Arabia’s competitiveness in terms of investment and logistical services and strengthening the Kingdom’s position as one of the main capacities toward achieving the Vision 2030 in making Saudi Arabia an attractive global logistical platform and a link between continents of the world.

The operation will also contribute to reinforcing the role of the Jubail Commercial Port as a regional gateway to receive container ships and support its various activities and operations in light of its strategic location in addition to the influence of Jubail being the largest industrial city in the world.

It is worth mentioning that the General Ports Authority lately started operating another shipping line connecting the Kingdom with East African countries through the shipping line (CMA CGM), the world’s leading company in shipping and support services. It was the first container shipping line to reach King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu, contributing to enhancing the movement of exports and imports to and from Yanbu.