Jeddah Islamic Port

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A general view of the seaport.

Jeddah Islamic Port has an excellent location in the middle of the international shipping route[which?] between east and west. It 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,[citation needed] 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 is a congestion free harbor[according to whom?]. It 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.[citation needed]

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"[2] reported[according to whom?] laid up at Shoieba.[3]

Also since about 2000[clarification needed] the "Al Basmalah I"[3] 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.[3]

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]


Jeddah Port Official Website

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