King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam plans greater remote crane operations

Hutchison Ports plans to add 10 remote-controlled bridge cranes to the port in the next few years
Image illustrative only (Hutchison Ports' terminal in SOHAR).
Image illustrative only (Hutchison Ports' terminal in SOHAR).

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Hutchinson Ports, which operates the largest container terminal at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, is planning to add 10 more remote controlled STS cranes amid strong growth reports Arab News.

Andy Tsoi, regional executive director of Hutchison Ports, made the comments during a visit to his company’s joint-venture partnership with the Maritime Company for Navigation (MACNA), International Ports Services — the largest concession at the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam.

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“Our company’s strategy is based on the support of its partners in the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) through investing in Saudi Arabia,” Tsoi said, adding that his company wishes to provide MAWANI and the Kingdom with “the latest and the best of what an international partner can achieve.”

Tsoi noted that Hutchison Ports plans to add 10 remote-controlled bridge cranes to the port in the next few years, as an expression of his company’s confidence in KSA.

He added that, to the end of February, IPS had handled 500,000 containers through remote-control technology in the port, and was confident that number would soon reach 1 million.

Ahmed Al-Balawi, CEO of IPS, said: “Our team has proven that it is prepared to face new challenges and keep up with the technological advances in the field of port management and container handling. I am confident we will continue to excel here in Dammam.”

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