Gulf Stevedoring Appoints Richard James as New Managing Director


Gulf Stevedoring (GSCCO), which is part of the Gulftainer group of companies, has announced the appointment of Richard James as its new Managing Director. Gulftainer is the world’s largest, privately owned, independent port operator based in the UAE.

James has over 15 years of international work exposure to projects in UK, UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, India and East Africa. In his new capacity, he is responsible for improving existing operations and providing strategic direction to enhance the performance of Gulf Stevedoring’s operations, which include the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah, the Jubail Industrial Port (King Fahad Industrial Port) and the Jubail Container Terminal (JCT). NCT is the largest container handling terminal and transshipment hub within the Red Sea region and currently handles over 35 million tons of cargo annually, which is expected to grow substantially in the future. JCT, on the other hand, is strategically located near prominent industrial areas, which makes it an ideal hub for Saudi imports and exports, especially industrial equipment. NCT and JCT registered a strong performance in 2016, collectively achieving an impressive 10 per cent spike in container volumes.

James brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Beginning his career in the Middle East with Gulftainer in 2011, James worked in various roles including the business development department and as Terminal Manager at the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT). Prior to his permanent appointment with Gulf Stevedoring, James briefly served as the Interim Managing Director. Under his leadership, the company achieved several significant milestones including the retaking of the largest market share in Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP), the introduction of new services at Jubail and third place in CMA CGM’s global productivity ratings for Northern Container Terminal. Gulf Stevedoring anticipates the impact of James’ appointment to continue following these recent successes. Prior to joining Gulftainer, James worked with Forth Ports in Scotland and spent eight years in the British Royal Navy.

Saudi Arabia is an integral part of Gulftainer’s regional portfolio. The company expanded its presence to Saudi Arabia in June 2013, through the acquisition of a majority stake in Gulf Stevedoring. Gulf Stevedoring’s presence in Saudi Arabia, spanning over 30 years, has included cargo operations in Dammam, operations of the South Terminal before its concession and more recently, the opening and operation of JCT making Gulf Stevedoring the only company to operate container terminals on both coasts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. JCT is widely becoming popular as an import destination for Riyadh and the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

About Gulftainer

Gulftainer is the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in the emirate of Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built up a strong presence in various parts of the world. Gulftainer won the 'Technology Implementation of the Year' category in the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017. In 2016 and 2017, The Seatrade Maritime Awards named Gulftainer the Terminal Operator of the Year in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa region

In the UAE, the company operates three main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Hamriyah Port. Its flagship terminal, KCT, was recognised by the Journal of Commerce as the fastest terminal in the MENA region and the third-fastest in the world.

Outside the UAE, the Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries including Iraq (Iraq Container Terminal, Iraq Project Terminal and Umm Qasr Logistics Centre), Pakistan (GTL-MTI), Brazil (Recife Port), Lebanon (Tripoli Container Terminal) and Turkey (Momentum Logistics). In Saudi Arabia, Gulftainer acquired a 51 per cent stake in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) in June 2013, and operates the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah, Jubail Industrial Port and Jubail Commercial Port. The company’s latest facility, Canaveral Cargo Terminal in Florida, USA, opened in June 2015 following the signing of a 35-year agreement that made Gulftainer the first port management company from the Middle East to operate in the United States.  

Currently handling an annual throughput of 6.4 million TEUs, Gulftainer aims to expand its global portfolio in the next 10 years to triple business volume worldwide to more than 10,000 vessel calls and triple container handling to 18 million TEUs. For further details, please visit  

About Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company

Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) was founded in 1985 and has been awarded many prestigious projects in ports throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

From 1998 the company developed the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah Islamic Port which was expanded further in 2010.

The construction of the terminal facilities utilizes the latest proven technology both in the actual fabric of the terminal and in the equipment, that was purchased for it.

The operational capacity of the Terminal witnessed a huge uplift of 150 thousand containers in 2001 with a handling rate of 99 units per vessel hour to 1.8 million container units in 2008 with a handling rate of 213 containers per hour, an impressive improvement in both quality and quantity.

Gulf Stevedoring also operates Jubail Container Terminal in the Jubail Commercial Port, and marine services and bulk handling in the King Fahd Industrial Port in Jubail.