First privately Owned Saudi Arabian port, King Abdullah, wins MSC and CSAV
As of end January, MSC and CSAV started calling King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia’s first privately owned and funded port. The call is included in the carriers North Europe Sub-Continent services IPAK and IMEX1, respectively. It is expected that King Abdullah will replace the former calls in Jeddah by March 2014. CSAV has announced double calls at both ports to softly introduce the change. The first vessel which called at King Abdullah port was 9,400 TEU MSC ANTALYA.
New Port rotation IPAK/IMEX1: Rotterdam - Antwerp - Felixstowe - Suez Canal (way point) - King Abdullah (new) - Salalah - Nhava Sheva - Mundra - Suez Canal (way point) - Gioia Tauro - Valencia – Rotterdam
Additionally, as of March 23th, MSC’s and CSAV’s Mediterranean to Far East services, TIGER and ABS, will also start calling King Abdullah port. After the last call at Jeddah on March 16th, the 13,000 TEU MSC FLAVIA will be the first vessel to call at King Abdullah as a replacement for Jed- dah. MSC and CSAV offer weekly sailings on this route with an average weekly capacity of 13,500 TEU.
TIGER/ABS: Beirut - Piraeus - Ambarli - Evyap - Piraeus - Suez Canal (way point) - King Abdullah (new) - Salalah - Singapore - Qingdao - Busan - Shanghai - Ningbo - Hong Kong - Chiwan (Shenzhen) - Singapore - King Abdullah (new)- Suez Canal (way point) – Beirut
King Abdullah port is located at King Abdullah Economic City which lays 100 kilometers North of Jeddah. It offers a strategic connection on the Asia-Europe route and its main objective is to be “the major transshipment hub in the center of one of the world's busiest container shipping routes”. The container terminal at King Abdullah port will be the largest in the region with an overall annual capacity of 1m TEU.
The port is also understood to be called by three of the P3 project services, namely:
P3 Med Far East 'TIGER' / 'AEGEX' / 'AE15'
P3 Med Far East 'DRAGON' / 'WMED' / 'AE20'
P3 North Europe Far East USWC : NWE - FEA- USWC Pendulum