First Lng-Powered Container Ship Reaches Saudi East Coast

(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh, July 12, 2023, SPA -- Dammam-based King Abdulaziz Port has received CMA CGM SYMI, the first on the Kingdom's east coast to receive a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered container vessel.
Boasting a capacity of 15,400 TEUs and measuring 366 meters in length, 51 meters wide, and a draft of 16 meters, CMA CGM SYMI has been running on clean energy since entering service in 2022, reflecting the maritime industry's growing intent to go carbon-neutral across its operations.
The vessel's arrival is testament to the world-class ability of King Abdulaziz Port and its terminal operator, Saudi Global Ports (SGP), which makes it a highly sought-after destination for trade and logistics by container giants such as CMA CGM. With a strategic location at the crossroads of three major continents, the Saudi ports sector is well-equipped to strengthen global supply chains and lead a sustainable future across the shipping landscape, in line with the ambitions of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), and the objectives of the Saudi Green Initiative that pledges to reduce 278 million tons of carbon emissions every year by 2030.
LNG-powered vessels are no strangers to Saudi shores. Mega containership CMA CGM Jacques Saade docked at Jeddah Islamic Port in 2021; the largest boxship to run on LNG in the world, the groundbreaking vessel features a capacity of 23,000 TEUs, a length of 400 meters, and a width of 61 meters.
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