James: focusing on engaging its customers and partners for long-term impact

James: focusing on engaging its customers and partners for long-term impact

GSSCO registers 680,000 TEUs at JCT

The port operator recorded its highest-ever monthly throughput at 79,074 TEUs in August 2017 – an impressive 33 per cent hike on July 2017

May 2018

Gulf Stevedoring (GSCCO), part of the Gulftainer group of companies, has recorded a strong performance at the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT) in Saudi Arabia, registering a container volume of over 680,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2017.

JCT also recorded its highest-ever monthly throughput at 79,074 TEUs in August 2017 – an impressive 33 per cent hike on July 2017, also one of the terminal’s best-performing months.

With Jubail’s petrochemical plants now in full production, the ports in the coastal city are experiencing a steady increase in activity.

In November 2017, JCT received the largest container vessel to arrive at Jubail to date with the maiden call of Evergreen Marine Corporation’s (EMC’s) 14,424-TEU EMC Taurus. The 369m long vessel completed 813 container moves on its maiden call.

With the fastest customs processes in the kingdom, the terminal calls 10 shipping lines with direct weekly services. The terminal is strategically located at the heart of Jubail industrial facilities providing direct linkage to its customers with global maritime trade. It is positioned just 80 km north of Dammam and with direct inland connections to the Riyadh, providing alternate gateway to the ever-growing Saudi Arabian market.

At a reception held by GSCCO to mark the 2017 milestones, Captain Fahd bin Ahmed Al Amer, director general of the Jubail Commercial Port, congratulated the team on the remarkable feat. The event drew the participation of senior officials from Saudi Customs, Saudi Coast Guard, and the Jubail Commercial Port Authority.

Richard James, managing director of GSCCO, said: “The milestones we have achieved at JCT are an indication of our commitment to consistently delivering best-in-class performance. The Jubail port remains a key gateway for incoming and outgoing container traffic in the burgeoning Saudi market. As we identify new opportunities for growth, we remain focused on engaging our customers and partners as well as governments for long-term impact. We will also continue to invest in new talent and technologies to enhance operational excellence and increase terminal productivity.”

In addition to JCT, GSCCO also operates the Jubail Industrial Port (JIP) and the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah. To keep pace with the anticipated growth across its Saudi facilities, GSCCO has deployed three additional rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes to boost the capacity of the terminal and maintain its excellent productivity rates, it stated.

GSCCO also offers innovative operational solutions at the Jubail Commercial Port (JCP). Ranked the fastest-growing port in the Middle East in 2017, JCP is home to some of GSCCO’s flagship facilities, including the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT), that contributes significantly to the region’s economic activity and offers an attractive value proposition for industrial entities in the region.

JCP serves as an ideal destination for Saudi exports and for the import of industrial equipment. With the fastest customs clearance processes in Saudi Arabia, JCP is currently a port of call for more than 10 shipping lines with direct weekly services.

GSCCO was founded in 1985 as a company specialised in the management, operation and maintenance of seaports and airports. It is now one of the leading operators in the port services sector currently handling three port projects in the kingdom – Northern Container Terminal (NCT) – Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), Jubail Container, Bulk and General Cargo Handling project in Jubail Commercial Port (JCP) and Operations and Maintenance Project in King Fahad Industrial Port (KFIP) Project.

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