Riyadh Dry Port Set for Greater Efficiency with New Software Backbone

Saudi Railways Organization streamlines operational processes

RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s logistics capabilities are getting a major efficiency boost with the implementation of cutting-edge technology from German IT giant SAP, the world’s leading enterprise application software business.

Turnkey logistics experts BAAS International Group (BIG) has bought the licences for SAP software to be used at Saudi Railways Organization’s (SRO) bustling Riyadh Dry Port. BIG is responsible for developing the influential transport hub over the next decade.

Riyadh Dry Port will benefit from markedly improved operational processes through SAP’s world-class solutions, specifically focusing on billing, sales and distribution, human resources, and materials management.

SAP, which currently runs at around 45 port companies in 25 countries, will provide input that seamlessly complements a broader technological overhaul led by BIG, including the introduction of Psilog’s Teklogix handheld computing devices to improve real-time management, and the latest modules of NAVIS, the world’s most advanced terminal operating system.

The project will be the first time a port in Saudi Arabia employs the considerable heft of both SAP and NAVIS.

Further underlining SRO’s technological ambition, Saudi Dry Port is set to become only the fifth port in the world to run a combination of the SPARCS N4 V2.2, XPS and ECN4 NAVIS modules within the next five weeks.

“SAP is a vital component in our on-going project to provide Saudi Arabia with essential goods in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible, ” said Bader Abdullah Al-Suweidan, President and CEO, BIG.

“Through greater transparency and streamlined processes, we will be able to provide a better service not only to SRO, but also to the people and businesses of Saudi Arabia. SRO has been hugely encouraging and extremely receptive to the integration of best-in-class technology, and a solid foundation set for a better run port well into the future.”

Riyadh Dry Port spans 918, 639 m2 and accommodates six 6, 480 m2 warehouses. The port currently has a capacity for 200, 000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers per year for onward transport via rail, and there are plans for future expansion.

The port also features facilities such as cold stores, stand-by generators, administrative offices, customs brokers’ offices, loading and handling equipment, manpower for operation and maintenance purposes, security staff. There is also a mosque, restaurant and clinic.

“SAP is proud to work alongside BIG to make Riyadh Dry Port a world-class logistics hub, ” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Railways Organization is a venerable institution with genuinely visionary leadership; their desire to run on the absolute cutting-edge sets an example for best practice that extends well beyond the borders of Saudi Arabia.”

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