Jeddah seaport to have three rail stations
Three stations will be constructed at the Jeddah Islamic Seaport enabling the Saudi Landbridge train project to cover all of the companies operating in the port, business daily Al-Eqtisadiah reported on Tuesday quoting port sources.
The sources said the final designs of the three railway stations would be ready later this month.
Hamdi Nadrah, head of the Strategic Projects Company at the port, said the Red Sea Gate station in the seaport would enable Landbridge to achieve all its economic goals and also support the Kingdom's logistics industry.
He told a press conference on Monday that the station was able to handle more than 4 million containers since it was established at the end of 2013.
He expected the number of handled containers to increase to more than 5 million by the end of 2014.
Nadrah said the station was able to attract and train a large number of Saudi youths and added that 26 Saudi women were employed in operations and planning.
"Encouraged by the success of these women, our company plans to employ more of them. We are the first national company to hire Saudi females in the seaport," he said.
Nadrah said strong infrastructure in the station has been built to stay abreast of technological progress.
"We have extended more than 22,000 meters of fiber cables designed to suit the naval environment," he said.
He also said as many as 24 wireless transmission points operating with a modern frequency have been established to cover the entire station with wireless communications.
"This integrated wireless network will enable us to distribute work electronically among all equipment, cranes and forklifts," he said.
Nadrah said all equipment in the stations has been provided with wireless technology to receive orders and update the company’s database on completed handling operations the moment they are carried out."The station had been supplied with giant modern computers and IT devices to ensure fast communication," he said.
He said Zebra Technologies, the IT provider, was made a partner of the Red Sea Gate station to make it the first railway terminal in the Middle East to use this advanced technology.
"This is one of the best systems for automatic operations in the world," he added.
Nadrah said the company also built a system for the accurate automatic maintenance of equipment in the seaport consisting of cranes, forklifts and handlers.
He said: "The maintenance is automatically done 24 hours a day. "There is also a schedule for the close follow up and monitoring of all equipment for periodical maintenance."