Singapore-based container carrier APL said it has resumed making mainline ship calls at the Port of Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
The carrier suspended its weekly WAX service to Dammam in late October after severe terminal congestion and yard delays disrupted normal operations at the Arabian gateway.
APL reinstated its line-haul service to Dammam with the scheduled arrival Dec. 7 of the vessel APL Minnesota.
“With the Dammam port issue resolved through the active support from terminal operator International Port Services, we anticipate that our weekly direct call in and out of Dammam will continue to serve this market,” the carrier said.
APL, the liner arm of Neptune Orient Lines, had in August imposed “operational cost recovery surcharges” on all shipments moving through ports in Saudi Arabia,charging $80 per 20-foot, $125 per 40-foot and $165 per 45-foot dry container, and $130 per 20-foot and $170 per 40-foot refrigerated box.
Dammam is the largest Gulf port in Saudi Arabia. A consortium led by Singapore’s PSA International is building a new container terminal at the port with an annual capacity of 1.8 million 20-foot-equivalent units; the terminal is scheduled for completion in 2015.