Saudi Arabia’s ports last year achieved a 13% upturn in cargo throughput, handling an estimated 237 million tons in total, compared to 210 million tons in the preceding year.
Statistics released by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) highlight a 3.2% surge in container volumes to 10.36 million TEU, up from 10.04 million TEU in 2021. There was a 5% upturn in imported and exported boxes, which accounted for 4.84 million TEU, while transshipment activities inched up by 2% to 5.16 million TEU.
Other fast growing elements of the country’s ports traffic included livestock, with around 3.93 million cattle unloaded, up 9% year-on-year, while 973,000 cars were discharged from ro-ro vessels, a 25% growth rate compared with the 778,000 units recorded in 2021.The Kingdom’s ports also welcomed 933,000 passengers over the course of 2022, a 36% jump from 2021 when 688,000 passengers arrived on the country’s shores.
There are positive signs for 2023 already in the passenger sector. In January Mawani welcomed the first cruise ship to berth at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, MSC World Europa.