The Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), in partnership with the Emirate of Makkah Province, has officially launched the new Gate 9 expansion at Jeddah Islamic Port.
MAWANI said the project is set to enhance the port’s operational efficiency using sustainable development standards, while offering best-in-class services to improve customer experience.
The SAR 17.5 million ($4.6 million) expansion and development project will raise the average truck exit rate from 3,600 to 8,000 vehicles per day, as well as shorten the transition time between Jeddah Islamic Port and Al Khumra Warehouse City from 40 to 25 minutes.
The route will remain accessible around the clock, enabling trucks to enter and exit through four lanes equipped with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.
The news follows the operational plan established by MAWANI and the Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services to develop business, expand the gate, and rehabilitate the road all the way to its intersection with King Faisal Road in Jeddah.
The ports’ infrastructure enhancement project will scale up its overall efficiency to achieve sustainability, digitalisation, and innovation – whilst maintaining a safe and smooth functioning supply chain.
MAWANI has already revamped key roads within Jeddah Islamic Port spanning 2 kilometres.
Last week, MAWANI and the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority (ZATCA) signed a Service-Level Agreement (SLA) to improve operations at Jeddah Islamic Port.
The deal, which will soon be rolled out across other ports, will be instrumental in supporting the Fasah importing and exporting platform in addition to streamlining operational efficiency and boosting competitiveness at Saudi ports.