The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced the addition of Jeddah Islamic port to the East Africa – Red Sea and intra -Red Sea shipping services operated by the container shipping line, MSC.
Starting in early March, MSC is deploying four vessels, each with a 2,500 TEU capacity, on a weekly East Africa – Red Sea service that will link Jeddah Islamic Port and King Abdullah Port to the ports of Djibouti, Mombasa and Dar Es Salaam, with a transit time of two, nine days and 12 days respectively. MSC will additionally run a bi-monthly Red Sea service from the ports of Jeddah and King Abdullah to Port Sudan.
Mawani has also confirmed the addition of Dammam’s King Abdulaziz Port to the newly-launched India-Saudi-Iraq (ISI) shipping service run by Singapore-based Bengal Tiger Line (BTL). The ISI service links Dammam to the Indian port of Mundra and the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr with a 929 TEU capacity vessel.