Today, the Saudi Ports Authority and DB World International Company in Jeddah celebrated the inauguration of the start of construction work for the first phase of the project to develop the Southern Container Terminal in Jeddah Islamic Port. About the management of DP World.
The development of the Southern Container Terminal is part of the new commercial attribution contract signed by the Ports Authority with the international company DB World in December 2019 and the start of operation in April 2020 under the build-operate-transfer system for a period of thirty years, which will contribute to transforming Jeddah into a major global trade and logistics center. The plans to develop the Southern Container Terminal include extending the berth length from 1,500 to 2,150 metres, and deepening the draft to 18 metres, which will enable the terminal to serve five ships simultaneously and deal with the largest container ships operating today and in the future, with a tonnage of up to 26,000 TEUs. .
The development work will be carried out in four phases, as the project is scheduled to be fully completed by 2024, especially in light of the successful implementation of the first phase according to the plans. The works will include adding fifteen new STS coastal cranes featuring the latest technology, and 60 electric RTGs within the storage yards, in batches starting from the second quarter of 2022. These qualitative additions will allow dbworld in Jeddah to enhance its annual activity and increase the capacity of Container handling from 2.4 million TEUs to 4 million by 2024. The RTG cranes will be controlled from a state-of-the-art remote control room operated by Saudi national cadres.
In addition to infrastructure development activities, DB World in Jeddah has launched many smart electronic services for customers to interact with the terminal remotely. These procedures include completing container handling operations and providing multiple payment channels, which are more convenient and secure for customers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moreover, several initiatives are underway to reduce the impact on the environment, this includes electric power supply to all RTG stations in the yard to reduce carbon emissions from diesel, a recycling initiative, exploration of renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind energy to power some of the plant facilities, the transformation of Digital internal and external business processes to reduce reliance on paper.
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