Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), part of the Saudi Industrial Services Group (SISCO), has taken delivery of four of the world’s largest ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes at Jeddah Islamic Port, enabling it to handle larger container vessel types. These super post-Panamax size cranes were manufactured in China by ZPMC, which is also supplying a number of RTGs to RSGT as part of a US$ 35 million investment programme.
The delivery takes the number of quayside gantry cranes at the RSGT facility to 14. Annual throughput capacity is expected to rise from 1.8 million teu to 2.5 million teu a year as a result of the investment.
According to RSGT managing director, Jens O. Floed, “We have constantly invested in capacity at our Jeddah terminal to meet the rapidly expanding needs of our customers. These new super post-Panamax cranes will contribute to position us as the natural hub for transshipment in the region and we remain the only terminal in Jeddah with the outreach and depth to handle the largest vessels on the route.”
Meanwhile Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive, DP World, recently unveiled plans for the group to develop its South Container Terminal (SCT) in Jeddah port, in support of the Saudi Vision 2030 project launched by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Bin Sulayem highlighted the significance of Jeddah port as a gateway for the Saudi market and as a trade hub for the region, a role that will be enhanced by DP World’s development plan over the next 30 years. Bin Sulayem said: “As the first major investor in Jeddah port for almost 20 years now, we are committed to supporting the Kingdom’s effort to leverage its resources and investment capabilities through the development of Jeddah port. Our plans involve increasing efficiency using innovative technology solutions and making it a semi-automated facility to create skilled jobs for Saudi nationals, and transforming the port into an important gateway.”