Red Sea Gateway Terminal



Red Sea Gateway Terminal

December 23, 2009 12:40 ET

Red Sea Gateway Terminal Celebrates Start of Commercial Operations

First Phase of RSGT up and running; the first call provides a practical demonstration of the Red Sea's most modern container terminal in action

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) -

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The completion of the first phase of Jeddah Islamic Port's newest world-class container facility, Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), was celebrated on 22 December 2009 with the arrival of UASC's Vessel Al Muttanabi.

Located at the northern end of the Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), work at the two billion Saudi Riyal (approx USD 510MM) Greenfield container-terminal, commenced in January 2008. The 1.8 million TEU, second-generation terminal constructed under a BOT agreement with the Saudi Port Authority, is due to be fully completed by Q3 2010.

RSGT management and directors were joined by Captain Saher Tahlawi, Director General of Jeddah Islamic and many high level dignitaries and partners.

Redefining port capacity and operational efficiency

Since inception, RSGT has embraced its brief to build a modern and sustainable container terminal for the global marketplace, and the redefinition of the port industry in Saudi Arabia. Promising operational efficiency, optimal cargo movement and increased capacity, as well as readying the JIP for the next generation supersize container vessels.

Six Tandem-lift, Super Post-Panamax, 85-ton cranes, manufactured by ZPMC were delivered and commissioned earlier in the year. These ship-to-shore cranes are complimented by twenty, advanced (RTGs)-Yard Cranes. An additional 4 cranes and 6 RTGs are also scheduled for delivery by June 2010.

Other port investments in the past year include the latest Terminal Operating Systems, Navis Sparcs N4, a fully integrated solution from gate to yard to vessel; highly "smart" Gate Automation System; as well as the employment of the latest construction techniques and environment-friendly materials available worldwide.

"Less than 2 years ago we broke the ground on this project. And despite facing a globally, challenging year our first ship has berthed on schedule", commented RSGT's CEO Aamer Alireza.

"The realization of first phase of the terminal is a result of much more than excellent construction and world-class equipment: it is a testament to the accomplishments made possible by successful partnerships", continued Alireza. "I would also like to extend my appreciation to the solid support of our shareholders, especially MMC of Malaysia, a leader in the port and infrastructure development, who have worked alongside in turning our terminal into a commercial reality."

Dedicated deep-water channel for next generation vessels

Earlier in the week RSGT completed and transferred the ownership of its dedicated deep-water channel with a depth of 16.5m and alongside turning basin with a depth of 18m to the Saudi Port's Authority. To be used solely by vessels calling at the facility, the channel is another one of the terminal's key features readying the container facility to serve the new generation of supersize cargo vessels.

"The port efficiency and canal capacity are clearly going to be a game-definer in the container terminal industry," stated COO Lye Seng Tan. "Terminals will have to allow for the newer supersize 13,000 TEU+ container vessels that require deeper drafts to transport the maximum amount of goods in the most efficient and safe manner."

JIP on the Red Sea is No1 port for the Saudi kingdom. It is considered a natural gateway and transshipment hub, due to its strategic location in the middle of the Asia-Middle East-Europe route. Nearly 73% of total container throughput of the country passes through it gates. The new terminal promises the start of a new era for the JIP, adding 45% to its annual capacity, equivalent to 1.8 million TEU's.

"RSGT's concept is to satisfy not only current needs, but to provide for the kingdom's future requirements", concluded Mr. Alireza. "Our facility will no doubt have a significant impact on increasing the efficiency of cargo movement, reinforcing JIP's position, and in turn stimulating the Saudi economy through new job and investment opportunities".

It is also worth mentioning; that RSGT is adjacent to TUSDEER Saudi's first bonded & re-export free zone.

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