Saudi Arabia gets a boost in maritime connectivity rankings
Saudi Arabia achieved 70.68 points in the Maritime Connectivity Index, which is the highest in the region
Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi border guard watches as he stands in a boat off the coast of the Red Sea on Saudi Arabia's maritime border with Yemen, near Jizan April 8, 2015.
REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
By Staff Writer, Arab News
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia made impressive progress in maritime connectivity at the regional level, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development report for the third quarter of 2021.
The Kingdom achieved 70.68 points in the Maritime Connectivity Index, which is the highest in the region, said the report.
The Saudi Ports Authority, also known as Mawani, has forged partnerships with operators and major international shipping lines to develop the Kingdom’s seaports and contribute to the national goal of transforming Saudi Arabia into a global logistics hub.
Omar bin Talal Hariri, president of Mawani, said the authority is proud of the achievement and will intensify its efforts to meet the aspirations of the Kingdom’s leadership.
The index includes several sub-indicators, most notably, the number of scheduled visits by ships to the country within a week, capacity of the ships in standard units, in addition to the number of regular service paths provided by shipping lines to and from the country.
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