Specialized teams and advanced heavy lifting equipment to solve the backlog at Riyadh Dry Port.
The Saudi Railways Organization has confirmed that the work is underway to solve the container backlog looming at Riyadh Dry port (RDP) and return the port to smooth functioning as well as ensure smooth movement of freight trains between Dammam and Riyadh.
The Director of Public Relations and Media Moh'd Abu Zaid has explained that the SRO, in cooperation with the new operator of the RDP Bass International Group (BIG) jointly with International Port Services (IPS), and China Ningbo Ports Company (NPC), has been able to develop an integrated action plan to clear the backlog of containers caused during the handover from the previous Contractor and return the port to smooth functioning. Moreover, the SRO is also working on improving the Riyadh Dry port in the long term.
"The new Contractor have provided highly qualified technical staff , key operational team leaders, engineers, tally clerks, operators, IT personnel, date Entry Clerks and painters with more personnel arriving daily. In addition to securing heavy lifting equipment, including Reachstakers, new terminal trucks, chassis and forklifts. They are working on the proposed work plan to solve the existing operational problems as soon as possible" he added.
He added that the new contractor has started the implementation of the new NAVIS terminal operating system which is in progress as well as the vehicle mounted terminal system units and teclogix handheld units. Such advanced technology would help in work performance, operation and to get the cargo flowing. Thus, it significantly reduces the backlog, delays in the delivery of the container and improves the quality and rates of achievement in this vital facility.
Commenting at the awarding the contract, Abuzaid stated that the SRO made sure of the pre-qualification of the new contractor who has a long standing experience in such field before awarding the contract. The SRO has adopted the technical standards and regulatory procedures for the pre-qualification of the bidders. Moreover, a specialized technical committee has visited the sites of the company in the Kingdom as well as the Headquarters of the joint company in China to make sure of the pre-qualification to enter the bid. Abuzaid added that the SRO in cooperation with the concerned authorities such as Customs Authority, Ministry of labor and other government agencies, have swung into action to solve the crisis as soon as possible to reach high-quality level of operation.
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