Q3 2022 Container Throughput Increases by 10.5% at Saudi Ports
Saudi ports have added 10.5% of container volumes against last year's throughput numbers in the third quarter of 2022, handling 1,981,271 TEUs compared to 1,792,978 TEUs in 2021, in an illustration of its growing competitive position on the global logistics map.
Last quarter's strong showing demonstrates the efficacy of various initiatives implemented by the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) to revolutionize the national maritime sector, optimize operational efficiency, create an effective regulatory and legislative environment.
The trailblazing Smart Ports strategy, which aims to automate operations and upgrade customer experience using cutting edge technologies, also plays a major role in this regard.
The strategy is leading the maritime sector regulator's multifaceted charge towards transforming the Kingdom into a global logistics hub connecting three major continents in line with the goals of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).
Statistical data for Q3 reveal a 11.56% rise in cargo throughput, hitting a total of 82,570,478 tons this year in contrast to 74,016,761 tons last year.
At 6,353,863 tonnes, food volumes were 31.84% higher this quarter relative to last year's tally of 4,819,380 tonnes. Similarly, 827,294 cattle heads were imported into the Kingdom to keep up with local livestock demand.
This year's penultimate quarter saw vehicle volumes soar by 18.55% to 225,638 units from 190,329 units during the same period in 2021 while passenger traffic stood at 186,871 pax.
Moreover, 3,084 vessels dropped anchor at Saudi ports, a marginal 1.58% increase from last year's count of 3,036 vessels.
Mawani's objectives seek to improve the Kingdom's score in the Logistics Performance Index and raise the overall container capacity of Saudi ports, which have clinched top positions in the World Bank's Container Port Performance Index (CPPI) for 2021 in terms of operational efficiency.
King Abdullah Port leads the way at number one, followed by Jeddah Islamic Port at number eight, and King Abdulaziz Port at number fourteen.