Maersk and Saudi Ports Authority Mawani have broken ground for Saudi Arabia’s largest Integrated Logistics Park at Jeddah Islamic Port. Spread over 225,000 square meter, this Integrated Logistics Park upon opening will provide Maersk’s customers extensive infrastructure for warehousing & distribution, cold storage, e-commerce and serve as a hub for transhipments, petrochemical consolidation, air freight and LCL (less than container load) cargo. The USD 346 million investment project will not only create bespoke logistics solutions but also focus heavily on decarbonising logistics with the use of renewable energy to power the entire facility. The bonded and non-bonded warehousing & distribution (W&D) facility will cover more than 70% of the total area of the Integrated Logistics Park while the remaining part will act as a hub for transhipment, air freight and LCL cargo. The W&D part will have several different sections to accommodate general warehousing (food & beverages, furniture, automobiles, chemicals, textile & apparel and machinery, appliances & electronics) and cold chain storage (fruits & vegetables, protein and confectionary & consumables). To cater to the rapid penetration of eCommerce in Saudi Arabia, the facility will also have a dedicated eCommerce fulfilment centre. The Integrated Logistics Park will be able to handle annual volumes of close to 200,000 TEUs across different products.The Integrated Logistics Park will be 100% powered with solar energy generated from rooftop solar panels spread over 65,000 square meters. Further, the trucks used for transportation at the Park will be fully electric vehicles. The design of the facility utilises higher storage density, mechanized pallet-in-out solutions, a product-to-man pick-n-pack strategy and optimized flows, improving productivity by approximately 50% and effectively bringing down emissions. There will be a provision for additional space for E-com, value-added service and Omni Channel Fulfilment across all storage types.Maersk will deploy a state-of-the-art warehouse management system that implements modern technologies and digital solutions for efficient inventory management, track & trace at the unit level and offers rich dashboards for higher visibility and deeper insights. These systems will help improve efficiencies and build a competitive edge for Maersk’s customers.