Saudi Arabia's Ras Al-Khair Port has posted its highest monthly throughput ever by handling around 1.06 million tonnes in December last year in a reflection of its unparalleled operational efficiency and reliability.

The historic performance marks a new chapter in the industrial port’s journey as a leading maritime gateway for mining imports and exports while serving the overall objectives of the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) in building a world-class trade infrastructure in the kingdom as envisioned by the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS), reported SPA.

Last month saw the Arabian Gulf port receive a total of 43 ships loaded with mineral bulk cargo ranging between 303,458 tonnes of ammonia, 59,983 tonnes of soda, and 54,543 tonnes of sulphuric acid.

On the other hand, its annual cargo volume amounted to a record 8,691,506 tonnes, up 24% year-on-year from 6,984,010 tonnes, stated the report.

"Record books were rewritten several times in the past year by Ras Al-Khair Port, including the highest daily throughput at 91,386 tonnes," said a spokesman for the Ras Al Khair Port.

Also it handled the maximum freight by a berth in a day with the volumes hitting 22,707 tonnes, he stated, adding that it had also serviced 47 marine vessels in December.

The state-of-the-art port began operations in 2016 to cater to over 100 diverse industrial projects in the city of Ras Al Khair, the kingdom’s new mining hub, reported SPA.

Built over 23 sq km, the port features 14 modern berths and a vast fleet of advanced equipment that can handle up to 35 million tonnes of cargo yearly, it added.

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