Mawani’s H1 2023 Achievements Cement Saudi Arabia’s Logistics Capabilities
With a diverse range of world-class accomplishments during the first half of this year, the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has taken a step further in strengthening the Kingdom’s leadership on the global logistics landscape in line with the goals of Vision 2030.
One such achievement came in the form of the addition of 20 cargo services to the ports of Jeddah, Dammam, and Jubail, a development that inspired the Kingdom’s latest score of 76.16 points in the Q2 2023 update of the UNCTAD’s Liner Shipping Connectivity Index (LSCI) – a 4.83-point rise from 2022.
Efforts to transform national ports into leading investment destinations gained further steam following deals with consumer tech. retailer United Electronics Company (eXtra), to build a 32,000 sq. m. logistics park at King Abdulaziz Port at a cost of 35 million riyals.
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry also set up a logistics park spanning 3 sq. km. at Al Khumrah against an outlay of one billion riyals.
Around thirteen partnerships were struck during the six-month period with select public and private sector entities, including an agreement with Alba Nova International and Taraf Alagar Co. Ltd. to construct a state-of-the-art bunker station at Yanbu’s King Fahad Industrial Port in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy.
The Kingdom’s rapid development boom was reflected in the kickoff of two major logistics projects in record time, including the groundbreaking for Maersk’s 1.3-billion-riyal, 225,000 sq. m. logistics park and the launch of LogiPoint’s 72,000 sq. m. logistics facility worth 150 million riyals.
On the sustainability front, the national maritime regulator introduced measures to achieve a 1,046-ton drop in annual carbon footprint at Jeddah Islamic Port by reducing crane activity and truck turnaround times in a bid to meet the Green Ports Initiative’s target of reducing energy consumption by 15%.
As an organization that prioritizes quality control and operational excellence, the ongoing year saw Mawani carry out 787 inspection visits to shipping agents and ship chandlers until June-end.
A variety of top industry honors were registered in Mawani’s name this year, not least the Excellence in Corporate Branding recognition at ShipTek Awards, in addition to the Port of the Year and Digital Transformation Award at the 7th Green Shipping Summit.
Performance-wise, its network of ports handled 4,088,641 TEUs between January and June this year, a 15.12% bump from 3,551,676 TEUs in H1 2022.
Transshipments also gained a healthy 12.19% over the prior year’s volume of 1,391,221 TEUs to reach 1,560,790 TEUs in H1 2023. Meanwhile, automobile imports spiked 26.08% to 496,949 units from 394,151 units last year, whereas food commodities climbed 9.82% from 9,866,753 tons to 10,835,620 tons in the current year.
Moreover, 5,918 vessels called at Mawani’s ports during this year’s first half, up 10.68% year-on-year from 5,347 ships. Likewise, passenger traffic for the same period totaled 568,933 pax, a 60.83% jump from 353,758 pax in 2022. Livestock trade, on the other hand, logged an impressive 95.79% yearly surge from 2,232,987 to 4,372,027 cattle heads in 2023.
Finally, the first six months saw a new record being set for the highest monthly container throughput, when 709,944 TEUs were processed in May at an 18.8% annual growth rate as opposed to 597,617 TEUs in the past year.