Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Port recently received a maiden call from leading global container shipping company MSC’s Indus 2 service. The port expects that the new service will help to further develop the Kingdom’s export market while also facilitating trade between North America and the Indian subcontinent.
King Abdullah Port will provide services for containers transported on MSC vessels for goods imported from Mundra port, in addition to exported goods moving to major European ports, the Port of Halifax in Canada and major ports on the East Coast of the United States.
Commenting on the new port call in the Indus 2 liner service, Jay New, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The addition of King Abdullah Port to MSC’s liner service reaffirms our role as a major enabler of international Saudi trade and one of the world’s most important ports. In keeping with our vision to be an advantageous and sustainable world-class port that delivers long-term value to its stakeholders, we have been constantly upgrading our facilities and improving our service offerings through the adoption of the latest technologies and innovative solutions. “
King Abdullah Port’s partnership with MSC dates back to September 2013 with the berthing of the first vessel from the company’s fleet at the port. With MSC as a key customer, the port handled 1.5 million TEU over the first half of the year, an increase of 6.69% compared to the same period of 2021.