Saudi Arabia and Bahrain banned Iranian-flagged vessels
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain banned Iranian-flagged vessels from their ports and operation in their national waters, after the both countries cease diplomatic relations with their neighbor. Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran increased a few weeks ago after the execution of Shiite cleric Nimrah Al-Nimrah. Bahrain as well banned cargo ships, which had Iran is last three ports of calls, but Saudi Arabia still did not imposed such restriction. The both middle East countries banned deals undertaken with Iranian flagged vessels until further notice. The ban will not seriously harm the trade in the vicinity, as Iran was long time under the international sanction, which were supported by Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. However, the shipping companies expect to have troubles with operations on the routes in Middle East. http://www.newsmaritime.com/2016/saudi-arabia-and-bahrain-banner-iranian-flagged-vessels/
PSA starts up new terminal in Dammam
Saudi Global Ports LLC (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA) started its commercial operations this month, at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, a key gateway port on the Arabian Gulf. On 23 April 2015, SGP handled the first commercial vessel, M/V NIARA, owned by Orient Express Line. 1,011 TEUs were handled on this 2,000-TEU capacity vessel. Located in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Dammam City, phase 1 of SGP’s terminal has 16 metres of water depth, the deepest in the region, and is equipped with six quay cranes of 23 container row span on 700 metres of quay. When the new SGP terminal is fully developed, it will have a quay length of 1,200 metres and 12 quay cranes, with a designed capacity of 1.8 million TEUs per annum. Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO, PSA International, said, “The completion and start-up of PSA’s first container terminal in Dammam testifies to PSA’s commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
New cranes to help develop Dammam Port
Three giant gantry cranes arrived this week at King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, the highest technological devices ever to be had at a Saudi port so far. These crate’s state-of-the-art technology, which includes remote control of up to one kilometer, has a total cost of SR90 million, and will help develop the port, according to authorities. “They will help push further our goal to provide operating companies with the highest and best services for their customers,” Director General of King Abdul Aziz Port Naim Al-Naim, told the media. Over the past five years, the port’s container terminal increased its work volume, reaching 17 million TEUs last month, according to Al-Naim. However, this surge also translated in a bigger effort to keep up increased vessel size, which rose from 5,000 container ships to the current 11,000. Jay, CEO of the International Ports Services Ltd, KAP containers’ operating company in Dammam, praised the port’s new purchase. “The new cranes are a great leap to improving KAP’s port services in the Kingdom and to help continue our commitment and ability to provide the fastest possible service to the shipping lines operating in the port of Dammam.” The new cranes can reach up to 44 meters high and access over 60 meters and can be operated either from a control room at the top of each one, or remotely. It features computer screens in air-conditioned rooms, closer to the central planning department. These gigantic cranes operate in a small number of stations around the world, and are used to handle the largest freight ships at ports. Operators in charge of handling these cranes will have to undergo intensive training at ports in different parts of the globe. Source: Arab NewsUpload News