Saudi Global Ports (SGP), a subsidiary of Singapore-based PSA International, has started the first phase of its upgrading and development programme at the First and Second Container Terminals in King Abdulaziz Port Dammam, by appointing Jacobs Engineering Group as the Civil Engineering Consultant for the project. The First Container Terminal, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, will be modernised, while Second Container Terminal will be expanded to serve the next generation of mega vessels.
SGP and Jacobs will focus on incorporating sustainability to minimise the environmental impact of terminal operations. In addition, smart port designs will be introduced to enhance productivity. This includes allocating an area to test new technologies in automation and connectivity.
SGP’s Chief Executive Officer, Edward Tah, said, “The appointment of Jacobs is a key milestone for this development and we are confident that their technical expertise, coupled with PSA’s global experience, will bring about a robust and innovative blueprint to deliver on SGP’s commitment. We are taking progressive steps towards transforming Dammam into a leading international container port equipped with digital and smart capabilities, and continue to contribute towards Mawani and the Kingdom’s plans for a transformational transport and logistics sector.”