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Jeddah Islamic Port Launches a New Shipping Line to Expand Connectivity with The Ports of The Indian Ocean and Europe

SCBC Team – Riyadh

Jeddah Islamic Port witnessed the launch of the first shipping line during the current year 2021 AD, within the objectives of the “National Industry Development and Logistics Services” program of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to increase the strength of linking the Kingdom’s ports with international ports and attract major international shipping line companies.

The General Authority for Ports (Mawani) stated that the new shipping line connects the ports of Europe and the Mediterranean in the north to the Middle East and the Indian Ocean and Indian subcontinent ports through North Africa, and covers important ports, including Tangier Port in Morocco, and Jazira Port in Spain.

Mawani indicated that the new line “IO3” will provide a service linking the Jeddah Islamic Port with the Indian Ocean ports and northern European ports, with a navigational service consisting of 7 ships, with a capacity of 8,500 standard containers for each vessel of approximately 48 vessels annually, explaining that this service aims to increase cargo capacity over its predecessor, in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision towards consolidating the kingdom’s position on the investment and logistical levels.

She added that the new route is a continuation of the strategic partnerships with international shipping lines represented by “Hapag Lloyd”, “CMACGM”, “Cosco” and “One” company, the largest leading shipping companies in the world.