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Jeddah Port Receives World's Largest LNG-powered Ship

Jeddah Port Receives World's Largest LNG-powered Ship

Monday, 22 February, 2021 - 10:00
Terminal tractors line up as they are loaded with containers from a cargo ship at DP World’s fully automated Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai. (File/Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Islamic Port has received the first and largest container ship in the world completely powered by environment friendly liquefied natural gas (LNG).

This marks the container ship's first visit to Saudi Arabia and Jeddah Islamic Port, which is characterized by its high capacity to receive the world's largest ships.

The container ship has a capacity of 23,000 standard containers, with a length of 400 meters and a width of 61 meters.

The French CMA CGM container ship was completed and entered service in September 2020.

This pioneering event comes as a continuation of the strategic partnership between Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) and CMA CGM, a leading shipping and logistics firm, with the support of the Saudi logistics system and the follow-up from the Minister of Transport Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, to increase the power of linking Saudi ports with international ports.

Mawani President Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb described this as a historic event in the global maritime transport.

He also said it is an indicator of the position and attractiveness of MAWANI.

Khalb highlighted its competitive capabilities and potentials, given that MAWANI optimizes the Kingdom’s strategic location that links three continents together.

Saudi Arabia is considered a global hub for world maritime trade on the Red Sea.

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