Jeddah Islamic Port Launches First Global Connectivity
Jeddah Islamic Port has launched first logistics connectivity experience between air and sea ports to contribute in turning the Kingdom to a global logistics platform .
Jeddah Islamic Port, a cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s maritime history, is located in Jeddah on the Red Sea. Established in 646 A.D.
It has grown to become the second-largest and busiest port in the Arab world, primarily serving the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
As a critical point in international shipping routes between east and west via the Suez Canal, Jeddah Port has 62 berths and a deep-water capacity accommodating large container vessels.
Logistics Integration Initiative
A groundbreaking initiative, led by A. P. Moller – Maersk in collaboration with Saudi Ports Authority “Mawani”, is set to transform Jeddah Islamic Port into an Integrated Logistics Park.
This $136 million project aims to connect and simplify supply chains across the Kingdom, emphasizing renewable energy for carbon neutrality.
The park, covering 205,000 sq. m., will incorporate warehousing, distribution, e-commerce, and air freight facilities, projecting to create over 2,500 jobs.
Aligning with Vision 2030
Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 strategy underscores this development. The project aligns with the nation’s goal to become a pivotal player in international trade, connecting Africa, Asia, and Europe.
By enhancing its logistics capabilities, Saudi Arabia aims to triple its non-oil exports, positioning itself as a regional logistics leader.
Technological Advancements, Sustainability
The logistics park will introduce advanced digital infrastructure and efficient warehouse management systems.
This setup will enhance inventory management, improve operational efficiencies, and contribute to a competitive edge in logistics.
Commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in the planned use of renewable solar energy and electric yard machinery.
Jeddah Islamic Port’s strategic location on the Red Sea Coast makes it a pivotal link in global shipping, handling over 5 million TEUs annually.
Its integration into the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road further amplifies its significance, connecting key global regions through efficient maritime routes.
Comprehensive Logistics Solution
The Integrated Logistics Park will include bonded and non-bonded warehousing and distribution facilities, covering 70% of the total area.
It’s designed to accommodate diverse sectors, ranging from general warehousing to cold chain storage, and will include a dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center.
This setup positions the port as a versatile and comprehensive logistics solution, capable of handling significant annual volumes.
Jeddah Islamic Port’s latest endeavor to integrate air and sea logistics marks a significant step towards realizing Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.
By leveraging its strategic location and investing in technological and environmental innovations.
The port is set to reinforce its role as a global logistics hub, fostering economic growth and international trade connectivity.
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