Making their first voyage to Saudi Arabia, the large new generation container ships MSC Gulsun, MSC Mia and MSC Sixin recently docked at King Abdullah Port in the Red Sea in the same week in June. The maiden calls from the three vessels, which are amongst the world’s largest container ships, “were received and handled efficiently”, according to a port statement. The three vessels have a capacity of around 23,750 teu and a draft of 16.5 m. Each has been designed to meet strict environmental criteria, leading to a significant reduction in CO2 for each container transported.
In addition, the 15,000 teu Maersk Havana, with a requirement for a draft on arrival of 16.4 m, also docked at King Abdullah Port in the same week, further underlining the port’s deepwater capabilities.
The second-largest container port in the Kingdom, King Abdullah Port’s annual throughput capacity is now 5.5 million teu. Run by the Ports Development Company, it is the first port in the country to be fully owned, developed, and operated by the private sector.