King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam and the operator of the two container terminals – the Saudi International Ports Company “SGP” received today the “Berlin Express” container ship of the German shipping line Hapag Lloyd, with a length of 400 meters, a width of 61 meters, a depth of up to 16 meters, and a capacity of 23,664 standard containers. Which is the largest container ship to reach the port since its inception.
King Abdulaziz Port stated in a statement that this advanced step confirms the confidence of international companies and shipping agents in the efficiency of Saudi ports, their integrated readiness according to the latest international standards, and their ability to absorb the continuous increase in the volume of handling.
He pointed out that the container ship “Berlin Express” is part of the AG3 sea freight service, which connects King Abdulaziz Port with the main ports in the Far East (Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Jebel Ali and Oman), and it is the first of a new class of ships for the shipping line that It operates on a dual fuel that runs on liquefied natural gas, and is the largest ship in the fleet of Hapag Lloyd Company, which is one of the largest container shipping lines companies in the world, according to “SPA”.
The arrival of the ship enhances the capabilities and capabilities of King Abdulaziz Port, which has an advanced structure that helps the maritime sector to carry out its work with ease and ease. It is also linked to a network of developed and fast roads linking it to all the cities of the eastern region in the Kingdom, which makes it the best choice for companies operating in cross-border trade.
Last year 2022 AD, the port witnessed the inauguration of three new coastal container cranes, which are the latest in technology in their quality to receive large ships, which consolidates its pivotal position on the Arabian Gulf coast, and enhances the Kingdom’s position as a leading logistical center and a linking hub for the three continents, in line with the objectives of the national strategy for transportation and logistics services. .
It is noteworthy that King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam received, at the beginning of this month, July 2023, the ship (CMA CGM SYMI), which is the first container ship fully powered by environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG) to arrive at the ports of the eastern region of the Kingdom, with a capacity of 15.4 thousand standard containers. 366 meters long, 51 meters wide, 16 meters deep, and follows the French Shipping Line (CMA CGM).