Jeddah Islamic Port

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A general view of the seaport.

Jeddah Islamic Port is located in the middle of an international shipping route[which?] between east and west. It is the largest and busiest port in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


The port lies on the Red Sea coast at latitude 21° 28' north and longitude 39° 10' east. It is the Saudi's principal port serving the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The port serves the commercial centers through which 59% of the Saudi's imports by sea are being handled.[citation needed] The importance of Jeddah Port increased and reached its maximum limit when Saudi Arabia was developing into a modern country.

The Port was established in September 1976 [1] whereupon it started developing its facilities. The port has expanded from a modest 10 operational berths in 1976[citation needed] to the 58 berths of international standard in service today.[when?]

Jeddah Islamic Port occupies an area of 10.5 square kilometers and its deep water quays provide an overall berthing length of 11.2 kilometers with a maximum draft of 16 metres.[1]

Jeddah Islamic Port owns and operates Red Sea Gateway Terminal and Logipoint (Tusdeer previously) to provide world class integrated logistics solutions, as well as port development and operations.

The port can accommodate the latest[when?] generation of large container vessels with a capacity of 6500 TEUs.[clarification needed][citation needed]


647 A.D.[edit]


In "Red Sea Journey," published in the book Caravan of Dreams, Idries Shah wrote, "Gleaming whitely, coral-built beyond those treacherous reefs through which ships cannot pass to her quayside, Jeddah beckoned... we got into small boats and were ferried to the jetties..."


Nearby wrecks[edit]

Along the coastline of the Red Sea runs a parallel stretch of coral reefs. Jeddah is one of the few places where a gap in the reefs allows large vessels to approach the coastline directly. Nevertheless, the reefs have proven fatal to many ships through the ages.

Two Italian Destroyers are reported[according to whom?] to have run aground near Jedda in 1941.[citation needed]

From the sixties it is reported[according to whom?] that two ships had run aground to the north and to the south of the entrance to the port: thus marking the safe shipping lane between them.

As of 2007 at least three large ships have been reported[according to whom?] lying south of Jeddah. At 20°52′02.87″N 39°21′39.77″E / 20.8674639°N 39.3610472°E / 20.8674639; 39.3610472 lies the "Saudi Golden Arrow", ex-Norwegian Ferry "M/S Europafergen"[5] reported[according to whom?] laid up at Shoieba.[6]

Also since about 2000[clarification needed] the "Al Basmalah I"[6] built as "Glen Sannox" in 1957 and the "Al-Fahad", ex "Free Enterprise III", that anchored after engine problems in 2004 and has since reported[according to whom?] to have become semisubmerged.[6]

Some 14.6 kilometers southwest of the old city center at 21°22′35.67″N 39°07′13.51″E / 21.3765750°N 39.1204194°E / 21.3765750; 39.1204194, approximately 1.74 kilometers from the coast, a half submerged wreck can be viewed on Google Earth.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pages - Information & Services". Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  2. ^ "Atareek festival ends, having witnessed 500,000 visitors". Arab News. 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ "Jeddah Islamic Port". World Port Source. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  4. ^ Map of Landbridge Railway
  5. ^ "Ship description and history". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31.
  6. ^ a b c Mystery Ship entry

Jeddah Port Official Website

Coordinates: 21°31′01″N 39°13′09″E / 21.51694°N 39.21917°E / 21.51694; 39.21917