Saudi Ports Authority and Maersk join hands to build the region’s ‘largest logistics park’

The Saudi Ports Authority, also known as Mawani, together with Maersk has established the region’s “largest logistics park” at a cost of $346 million at the Jeddah Islamic Port, the company announced on Wednesday.

To be completed by the first quarter of 2024, the facility will help create more than 2,500 direct and indirect job opportunities.

The facility which will be built on 225,000 sq.m, will have an annual capacity of handling 200,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo. The project includes storage and distribution areas that accommodate exports and imports of general merchandise, warehouses to accommodate refrigerated food items, and special areas for transshipment, air freight, and cargo shipments.

To power its unit the facility will rely on solar energy and use the latest technology to decarbonize logistics services to achieve net zero by 2040. For transportation, electric trucks will be used to reduce emissions.

The logistics park will also include advanced digital warehouse management systems. It is part of the port authority’s efforts to encourage the private sector to invest in the sector in line with the Kingdom’s Strategy for Transport and Logistics Services. The strategy seeks to position Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub.

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