Saudi Arabia inaugurates the port of Jazan

In its first phase, the port consists of three industrial berths, a Single Point Mooring (SPM) facility for the Saudi Aramco refinery, and three commercial berths for containers, general cargo and bulk cargo.

The Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, HE Eng. Khalid Al-Salem that the port is one of the most critical catalysts to support the industrial growth of Jazan City Port for Primary and Downstream Industries (JCPDI Port).

Eric Ip, Group Managing Director of Hutchison Ports, said: “We have been in Saudi Arabia for 22 years and it is a very important market for Hutchison Ports. Today’s ceremony marks a new chapter for us in the Kingdom and we look forward to working closely with the Royal Commission to make Hutchison Ports Jazan a success and help JCPDI reach its full potential and contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030.”

The port will use remote-controlled cranes and state-of-the-art container and bulk cargo handling systems to enable electronic transactions. Training programs will be organized for local talent, said Hutchison Ports Jazan CEO Charlie Darazi.

A berthing depth of 16.5m will allow container ships over 21,000 teu to berth and bulk carriers with a capacity over 100,000 tons.

The port has a total quay length of 1,250 m for containers, bulk and general cargo, with a nominal capacity of one million teu per year and around four million tonnes of cargo, in addition to a terminal liquid for Saudi Aramco tankers.

Andy Tsoi, Hutchison Ports Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa, said JCPDI Port represents an exciting new chapter. He added that strategically, JCPDI sits at the crossroads of the busy east-west trade route and the rapidly growing north-south trade. JCPDI also has the potential to be the Kingdom’s first port of call from East Asia. Thus, given the talented local human capital and the continued support of development policies, the port is very well positioned for the future of the Kingdom’s maritime industry.

Minister of Investment, HE Eng. Khalid Al-Falih said the Saudi economy was booming, with 11% growth in the first quarter of 2022 and a 21.5% growth in its Industrial Production Index (IPI).

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