King Abdulaziz Port Dammam has been included as a key port of call in the recently launched Gulf China Service (GCS), a new weekly service connecting central and south China to the Gulf region, operated by a consortium including Pacific International Lines (PIL), Regional Container Lines (RCL), and CULines (CUL). The maiden call took place on 15th December 2021 at one of the berths operated by Saudi Global Ports.
As one of the only two ports in the Middle East included in the GCS, King Abdulaziz Port Dammam is expected to play a pivotal role in ensuring more direct and efficient connectivity with China for importers and exporters in the Kingdom and the wider region, especially as it is the start and end of the circular service. From Dammam, the service will directly connect to Ningbo without stopping at any major ports along its route, highlighting the importance of the Kingdom’s exports to the Far East market.
This new service will be maintained by a fleet of vessels with an average capacity of 3000TEU, with the maiden voyage undertaken by PIL’s container vessel, Kota Kamil. Port rotation for the GCS service is: Ningbo, Nansha, Shekou, Jebel Ali and Dammam before returning to Ningbo.