Jubail Container Terminal traffic soared in 2017
Gulftainer subsidiary Gulf Stevedoring (GSCCO) has recorded a strong performance at the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT) in Saudi Arabia, registering a container volume of over 680,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2017.
JCT also recorded its highest-ever monthly throughput at 79,074 TEUs in August 2017 – an impressive 33 per cent hike on July 2017, also one of the terminal’s best-performing months.
With Jubail’s petrochemical plants now in full production, the ports in the coastal city are experiencing a steady increase in activity.
In November 2017, JCT received the largest container vessel to arrive at Jubail to date with the maiden call of Evergreen Marine Corporation’s (EMC’s) 14,424-TEU EMC Taurus.
The 369-metre-long vessel completed 813 container moves on its maiden call.
At a reception held by GSCCO to mark the 2017 milestones, Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al Amer, director general of the Jubail Commercial Port, congratulated the team on the feat.
The event drew the participation of senior officials from Saudi Customs, Saudi Coast Guard and the Jubail Commercial Port Authority.
Speaking on these achievements, Richard James, managing director of GSCCO, said: “The milestones we have achieved at JCT are an indication of our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class performance. The Jubail port remains a key gateway for incoming and outgoing container traffic in the burgeoning Saudi market.”
He added: “As we identify new opportunities for growth, we remain focused on engaging our customers and partners as well as governments for long-term impact. We will also continue to invest in new talent and technologies to enhance operational excellence and increase terminal productivity.”
In addition to JCT, GSCCO also operates the Jubail Industrial Port (JIP) and the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah.
To keep pace with the anticipated growth across its Saudi facilities, GSCCO has deployed three additional rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes to boost the capacity of the terminal and maintain its excellent productivity rates.