(MENAFN) Jeddah Islamic Port experienced a significant boost in container throughput during the month of April, with a remarkable 25.07 percent increase, according to an official statement released by the General Authority for Ports, also known as Mawani. The port handled a total of 465,438 containers, a substantial rise from the 372,064 containers recorded in April 2022. This surge in container traffic can be attributed to the enhanced operational capabilities and infrastructure improvements implemented by Mawani at the port.
Mawani's continuous efforts to enhance the infrastructure and operational efficiency of Saudi ports have been instrumental in ensuring the reliability of the supply chain and facilitating smooth import, export, and maritime trade operations. These efforts align with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy, which aims to position Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub connecting three continents, in line with the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030.
The statement further revealed that transshipment volumes at Jeddah Islamic Port witnessed a notable increase of 21.83 percent, reaching 261,543 containers compared to 214,686 containers in the same period last year. Additionally, the total cargo handled at the port in April 2023 amounted to 5.21 million tons, reflecting a substantial 19.33 percent growth compared to the 4.4 million tons handled in April of the previous year.
Breaking down the cargo categories, the port handled an estimated 128,714 tons of general cargo, 305,038 tons of solid bulk cargo, and 34,109 tons of liquid bulk cargo during the month of April. This demonstrates the diverse nature of goods being transported through the port.
In addition to the increased container and cargo volumes, the maritime traffic at Jeddah Islamic Port also witnessed a notable surge of 13.29 percent in April. The number of ships calling at the port reached 324 vessels, a significant increase compared to the 286 vessels recorded in the same month of the previous year.
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