10 January 2023 marked a day of milestones for Saudi Global Ports (SGP). A groundbreaking ceremony was held to signify the start of SGP’s civil works upgrade. The terminal also celebrated its latest productivity achievement with the handling of a record volume of more than two million twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in 2022 – a first for King Abdulaziz Port Dammam (KAPD) and ports in the Eastern Province.

The upgrade and expansions will allow SGP to accommodate more vessels and larger vessels, support the industry’s move towards mega container ships and prepare for Saudi Arabia’s continued economic growth. The SGP SandboX will be a dedicated space for SGP to trial new equipment and technologies, including 5G proof-of-concepts (POCs) that will enhance the future-readiness and operational efficiency of SGP and KAPD.

SGP, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Huawei) also announced the completion of the 5G Smart Ports POCs. The POCs were part of the Smart Ports initiative launched by the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) in March 2022, and involved Smart CCTV, Smart Tally (containers and prime movers number recognition), remote operation of Automated Rubber Tyre Gantry Cranes (ARTG), and remote image capture for safer forklift usage. SGP is the first 5G Smart Port in Saudi Arabia and the first seaport in the Middle East to trial remote-controlled ARTGs.

Regional CEO of Middle East and South Asia and Head of Group Business Development of PSA International Wan Chee Foong said, “PSA is proud to have supported both the physical and digital infrastructure growth of KAPD, which have in-turn enhanced the logistics ecosystem in the Kingdom. We are committed to being alongside the Kingdom and SGP to co-create more new opportunities and successes in the Kingdom and regionally.”

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