Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port was the eighth fastest growing container port worldwide in 2017, according to the respected marine data analysts, Alphaliner. The improved ranking comes after King Abdullah Port had announced a 21 per cent increase in its annual throughput in 2017, making it the second largest port in the Kingdom in terms of container handling, after Jeddah. King Abdullah Port also moved up to 87th place among the world’s 100 biggest container ports for 2017, up from 98th in 2016.
King Abdullah Port points out that it was a pioneer in activating a 24-hour container inspection initiative within the country and has been able to reduce the dwell time of incoming containers to 4.5 days. Its container berths benefit from having an 18m alongside draft and have some of the largest container cranes in the world, able to work 25 containers stacked across the deck of a ship. The investments made in infrastructure and equipment allow it to accommodate the world’s biggest container vessels.