Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) looks up for a bright 2019, where it seems fully prepared with some major developments taking place for the 9 ports it manages.

Marking an inevitable turning point in the history of Middle East ports, Mawani has recently launched the integrated shipment scheduling system at King Abdul Aziz port, part of the electronic clearance services, meant to reduce dual time at Saudi ports. Clients can now electronically schedule an appointment and choose their carrier, all of which can save time down to only 17 minutes at the port.

In line with the pursuit to keep up with new updates and services, Mawani sponsored a cooperation agreement for shipbuilding and repairing at King Abdul Aziz port in Dammam. The agreement was held alongside the Ministry of Transport, between Al Blagha Industrial, one of Al Blagha Group’s companies, and International Maritime Industries, a joint venture between a number of leading maritime companies.

Re-positioning King Abdul Aziz Port, this agreement aims at attracting several vessels and offshore rigs to the port, settling many specialized maritime jobs, training and improving national personnel, thus adding a new success to this promising sector.

Among its operational decisions targeting 2030 vision as well as the Saudi ports customers’ satisfaction and enhancing logistics’ efficiency, Saudi Ports Authority has issued the first unified foreign investor permit in the Saudi Ports to carry out the business operations of maritime agencies.

This big step came after MAWANI’s Board of Directors adoption of several regulations licensing and operating a shipping agency in addition to ship chandlers (excluding bunkering services), will open the door for big business opportunity for foreign companies to establish their owner shipping agencies and serve their ships in all Saudi ports.

As efforts to become an international logistics and digital hub continue in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision. It is simply becoming a digital pioneer in port technology across the Middle East, creating and enhancing new simple ideas to make port operations much easier and practical.

Saudi Ports today form one of the nation’s most important economic and commercial streams, hard work, investments, upgrades and major services. Mawani has placed the 9 ports it governs, at the frontline of the ports and logistics sector regionally and globally. It currently manages and supervises 232 Berths of which 150 are in commercial ports, and 82 are in industrial ports. Berths are managed as separate terminals for different cargo types which offer depths capable of hosting large and big vessels.

And with the Kingdom’s strategic geographical location and proximity to the main international trading routes and optimal utilization, Saudi ports handle 70% of the Kingdom's exports and imports except for crude oil. In addition, more than 13 million TEUs can be handled annually, totaling 615 million tons, where exports and transshipments form 55%. An increase of more than 19 percent has been achieved in cargo handling throughput in the first half of 2018 comparing to the similar period in 2017.

With the highest quality of service with competitive prices, Mawani ensures a safe working environment and maritime navigation, using modern aids to navigation and safety systems in the fields of IT, navigation, pollution and fire control, while also applying international safety and security codes for ships and port facilities.

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