Yanbu, January 30, 2024, The Saudi Ports Authority, known as "Mawani," has unveiled plans for the establishment of new ship anchorage areas at King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu, along with the upgrading of existing facilities. These strategic developments aim to provide a range of logistical services, encompassing the supply of provisions, fuel, and other essential items to ships, in addition to offering ship maintenance services.
This initiative aligns seamlessly with Mawani's ongoing commitment to elevate the regional and international prominence of Saudi ports. It also serves to enhance operational and logistical services, adhering to the goals outlined in the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) as part of Saudi Vision 2030.
The expansion of ship anchorage areas is poised to yield improvements in operational performance indicators and a reduction in ship berthing times at the port. The number of multiple-depth ship anchorage areas has experienced a substantial increase from 5 to 27, marking a remarkable 440% surge in capacity compared to the previous capability of accommodating 5 ships.
Anticipated to enhance the port's capabilities, these developments leverage the strategic location of King Fahad Industrial Port on the Red Sea coast, coupled with its proximity to national factories within Yanbu Industrial City. This positioning aims to make the port an optimal choice for companies engaged in the export sector by offering comprehensive operational services to streamline transportation operations and meet the requirements of industrial complexes.
A significant milestone was marked when King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu welcomed the region's first ship, the "ATHIRI," flagged under the Marshal Islands. The vessel boasts impressive dimensions, with a length of 229 meters, a width of 32 meters, and a capacity of 73,982 tons. These advancements underscore the growing significance of the port in facilitating maritime trade and operations in the region.