Dammam port’s King Fahad Shipyard, one of the biggest ship repair facilities in Saudi Arabia, recently docked the containership MSC Alizee III, the largest vessel it has received to date, to undergo a range of maintenance and modification works.
Owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), MSC Alizee III is 208m long, with a width of 30m and a draft of 7.4 m. Under the supervision of the port administration and shipyard operator, Al-Blagha Industrial, the vessel went through a package of repairs, including work to its cargo hold, generators, cranes, and navigation systems. Additionally, steel plates totaling around 100 tonnes in weight on the hull were replaced and repainted.
This year the shipyard celebrates its 40th anniversary, having been established in 1982. The previous largest vessel to dock here was the bulk carrier African Jacana in November 2021, which had a carrying capacity of 17,000 tons and a length of 200m.
Dammam’s King Abdulaziz Port will soon be home to three modern quay cranes after a deal was struck between Saudi Global Ports (SGP) and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), under the patronage of Mawani, to manufacture the cargo handling equipment. This will help the port accommodate larger vessels in the future, with knock-on benefits for the shipyard.