The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has launched a new shipping service to connect Jubail Commercial Port with 11 other global ports.

According to Mawani, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has added Jubail Commercial Port to India to its East Med shipping service.

The Saudi ports sector is set to create a new trade link with the arrival of the container vessel MSC ELLEN.

The new service will allow Jubail Commercial Port to connect with Turkey, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.

It will cover weekly sailings on board five vessels to ports that will include Khalifa, Abu Dhabi; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Hamad, Qatar; Karachi, Pakistan; Mundra and Hazira, India; Alexandria, Egypt; Tekirdag, Aliaga and Mersin, Turkey; and King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia.

The vessels will have an average carrying capacity of 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

The latest route will ‘play a pivotal role in positioning Jubail Commercial Port as a competitive hub and uncover a host of value-added opportunities for importers, exporters and shipping lines in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).”

Jubail Commercial Port features modern equipment, which allows it to handle vessels of all shapes and sizes.

It is said to serve as a cost-effective and efficient gateway for local industries to export their products to global markets and import their raw materials.

Last September, Mawani signed contracts and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth $240m (SAR900m) to support the construction of a new integrated logistics park, the development of infrastructure according to current global standards, and the installation of a new management system at the port.