Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced cutbacks in crane activity and truck turnaround times at Jeddah Islamic Port in line with its annual target of lowering carbon footprint at the kingdom's busiest port by 1,046 tonnes this year.

Complementing the goals of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), the Jeddah port's decarbonisation efforts form part of Mawani's Green Ports initiative that seeks to slash energy consumption by 15% through equipment electrification and diesel phaseout across the kingdom's trade hubs, said the statement from Saudi Ports Authority.

Through a 33% decrease in average yard crane moves for every imported container that requires manual inspection as well as a 17% reduction in truck turnaround times, the port further solidifies its standing as a cost-competitive and operationally-efficient logistics destination at the crossroads of East-West trade, it added.

According to Mawani, the national maritime regulator's environmental strategies are inspired by the Saudi Green Initiative, a national climate action plan that aims to unite the kingdom's push towards ecological protection, energy transition, and emissions reductions through a joint collaborative approach between the public and private sectors.

The Red Sea-based hub had recently won the Port of The Year award at the Green Shipping Summit 2023 held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

This was in recognition of its successful track record in harnessing innovative and sustainable technologies and solutions for a greener tomorrow, it added.

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