GSCCO’s Jubail Value Proposition Event Encourages New Ways of Doing Business in Region’s Fastest-growing Port

15 Jan 2018
  • Deputy Director General – Jubail Commercial Port and SEAPA Representative from Riyadh among attendees at flagship event
  •  Event convenes over 100 government stakeholders and maritime industry professionals

Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), part of the Gulftainer group of companies, today hosted its Jubail Value Proposition event to identify new business opportunities and examine the investment outlook in the rising import and export destination. Held at the InterContinental Al Jubail, the one-day flagship event drew the participation of more than 100 government stakeholders and maritime industry professionals from across Saudi Arabia. Among the high-profile attendees were

Mr. Ali Nasser Al Khater – Deputy Director General – Jubail Commercial Port

Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Rayees.- SEAPA Representative from Riyadh

Mr.Omar Mosaid Al Subaiee – Captain , Jubail Coast Guard

Mr. Nasser Al Dossary – Deputy Director General – Jubail Customs.

The event featured a series of interactive presentations and discussions that highlighted the attractive value proposition that the Jubail Commercial Port (JCP) presents to industrial and commercial entities in the region.

Ranked the Middle East’s fastest-growing port in 2017, JCP serves as an ideal hub not only for industrial exports but also for imports to the dynamic markets of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern and Central provinces. It is currently a port of call for almost all global shipping lines with direct weekly services and has one of the fastest customs clearance processes in Saudi Arabia.

In his keynote address at the Jubail Value Proposition event, Iain Rawlinson, Gulftainer Group Commercial Director said:” “The Jubail Value Proposition event aligns well with our vision of developing world-class port infrastructure, which is critical for economic growth and trade activity in the region. The government’s concerted efforts to diversify the economy and commitment to innovation have enabled the Kingdom to capitalize on its strategic geographic position and catalyze growth in the ports and logistics sectors. I hope that today’s discussions provide you with innovative insights and solutions that can encourage new ways of doing business in Jubail, so that we can continue to develop our unique position as a logistical gateway and prominent trade hub for the region.”

Welcoming the attendees, Richard James, Managing Director of GSCCO, said: “Jubail’s strategic geographic location has enabled it to evolve into a pivotal gateway for international trade and industrial activity, enhancing Saudi Arabia’s economic and trade potential. The city is home to our flagship facilities, including the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT), that contribute significantly to the region’s economic activity.”

He added: “At GSCCO, we remain committed to developing best-in-class port and logistical infrastructure at our facilities in the country towards supporting the government’s economic diversification agenda as outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030. Through today’s event, we seek to provide industry stakeholders with a glimpse of our innovative operational solutions that can generate greater value for our customers, and accelerate business growth in Jubail and across the maritime industry at large.”

The event was attended by a broad cross section of industry stakeholders including major exporters and importers, logistics companies, transporters and shipping lines. The attendees also heard from distinguished speakers such as Mr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Bin-Battal, Director – MEA Solids Supply Chain, SABIC and Mr Ahmed Hassan Gomaa, Logistics & Customs Coordintor, Tecnicas Reunidas. Saleem Kadernani, Group Commercial Manager of Gulftainer also gave a presentation on Jubail’s capabilities and the value the port can bring to the shipping lines, exporters and importers. Reflecting after the event, participants observed that the level of engagement and interest reflected how focussed the Industry is on optimizing the trade flows through Jubail and its hinterland, and how the improvements in Jubail will drive positive growth across the region.

Jubail Commercial Port experienced a steady surge in activity, witnessing a 26% hike in throughput, with an import volume growth of a staggering 72%.

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