Yanbu, December 18, 2023, The King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu recently received the vessel "Jolly Palladio" from the maritime agent "Saudi Investment Group and Marketing" via the shipping line "Ignazio Messina." The vessel is laden with vehicles intended for the Dakar Rally 2024, comprising 864 vehicles, 86 motorcycles, 5 helicopters, and 39 containers, all set to participate in the "Saudi Dakar Rally 2024."
Impressively, the off-loading operations were completed within a record time of 9 hours, showcasing increased efficiency compared to the previous year's unloading of 712 vehicles in 12 hours. This accomplishment reflects the efficacy of the port's facilities and infrastructure, emphasizing the continual development of the maritime ports network in Saudi Arabia. It further solidifies the Kingdom's standing as a leading center for trade, maritime tourism, and logistics services.
This initiative is part of the Saudi Ports Authority "Mawani's" efforts to bolster vital sectors and facilitate their activities across the Kingdom, particularly in tourism, sports, and entertainment. These sectors play a pivotal role in diversifying the national economy. Additionally, the authority is committed to developing the Kingdom's ports to accommodate the largest and most modern types of ships globally.
The strategic location on the Red Sea coast of King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu, coupled with its high operational efficiency, underscores its significance. The port offers a range of logistical services, attracting investments in the maritime transport sector and aligning with national strategic objectives for transportation and logistics. This aims to establish the Kingdom as a global logistics hub and enhance its position in the maritime transport industry.
Notably, King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu also received the Italian ship "Jolly Bandiyo" last year, which transported vehicles for the Dakar Rally 2023. This included 712 cars, 5 helicopters, 22 containers, and 61 motorcycles, highlighting the port's infrastructure readiness and its capacity to attract international shipping lines while accommodating various sizes of large vessels. This success contributes to enhancing the regional and international standing of Saudi ports.