The Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) at Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) has started commercial operation.

RSGT said the first phase of the SAR2bn ($510m) greenfield container terminal, located at the northern end of JIP, took two years to complete.

The 1.8 million teu terminal, constructed under a BOT agreement with the Saudi Ports Authority, is expected to be completed by Q3 2010.

RSGT said that six tandem-lift, super post-Panamax, 85t cranes, manufactured by ZPMC , have been delivered and commissioned in 2009.

RSGT also transferred the ownership of its 16.5m deepwater channel and 18m turning basin to the Saudi Ports Authority.