The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) has reported an increase of 17.57 per cent in container handling at its trade hubs during Q1 2023, scoring a throughput of 2,011,162 TEU compared to 1,710,608 TEU last year.
Quarterly container statistics further show a 16.08 per cent spike in exported TEU, attaining a total of 559,829 TEU against the backdrop of last year’s Q1 volume of 513,273 TEU.
Imported containers performed better with a year-on-year rise of 22.43 per cent from 520,509 TEU to 637,277 TEU.
Meanwhile, transshipments received a 14.96 per cent boost to volumes last quarter, growing from 676,826 TEU to 778,056 TEU.
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Cargo number also trended upwards for Q1 2023, soaring to 4.11 per cent at 75,552,598 tonnes in contrast to 72,570,201 tonnes in the year before.
The first three months saw a total of 1,597,014 tonnes of general cargo, 12,503,063 tonnes of dry bulk cargo, and 39,822,296 tonnes of liquid bulk cargo going through MAWANI’s ports.
Inbound vessels, too, recorded an 11.48 per cent surge relative to last year’s numbers with 2,855 ships entering Saudi waters versus 2,561 in the preceding year.
In February 2023, MAWANI and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry agreed to establish an integrated logistics park at Al Khumrah, south of Jeddah.
More recently, MAWANI announced the addition of King Abdulaziz Port to the newly launched India-Saudi-Iraq (ISI) shipping service operated by Singapore-based, Bengal Tiger Line (BTL).