UAE's Gulftainer buys 51% stake in Saudi firm

UAE's second-largest port operator will take over management of three Saudi terminals

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Gulftainer Co Ltd, the UAE's second-largest port operator, said on Sunday it had acquired a 51 percent stake in Saudi Arabia's Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company.

The acquisition allowed Gulftainer to assume full management of three Saudi terminals, located in Jeddah and Jubail, making it the largest port operator in the Middle East by number of terminals, it said in a statement.

At the Jeddah Islamic Port, Gulftainer will operate the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, Jubail Commercial Port (JCP) and Jubail Industrial Port (JIP) on the east coast.

The privately held firm did not provide financial details of the transaction. The group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries, including the UAE, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon and Turkey.

The company now manages 40 percent of all major container terminal facilities in the Middle East that have the capacity to handle ships of 12,000 TEU - or twenty-foot equivalent container unit - or greater in size, and 45 percent of all major port capacity outside of the Strait of Hormuz, it said in the statement.

The UAE is also home to DP World, the world's third-largest port operator, which operates more than 60 terminals across six continents.

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