Royal HaskoningDHV hired by Saudi port company to develop logistics park

18 July 2016

Saudi Arabia is, as part of its economic diversification strategy, investing in the development of a 634,000 square-meter port logistics zone, the so-called Tusdeer Khumra Logistics Park. Consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has been tasked with providing planning, construction and consulting engineering services for the first phase of the park’s development.

Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) is strategically located along the east-west shipping lane; the port is the Kingdom’s largest, and supports 70% of the country’s national traffic. One of the firm’s providing logistics services to the port is the Saudi Trade and Export Development Company (TUSDEER). The company, which was founded in 1999, is a logistics zones development company – the firm provides services including Export/Re-Export, Import, Transit, Trans-shipment and Evade Demurrage to the port.

Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, been hit by a considerable decrease in revenues from oil exports. To bolster its economic potential in the long term, the country is undergoing a number of diversification efforts, under its ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ strategy, something which has been a relative boon for consultancy firms.

One of the projects aimed at creating additional revenue streams, is the development of a 634,000 square-meter Tusdeer Khumra Logistics Park (TKLP) in the Al-Khumra district in the south of Jeddah. The private public partnerships seeks to provide a boost to the local economy as well as additional employment opportunities.

Royal HaskoningDHV hired by Saudi port company to develop logistics park

Royal HaskoningDHV has been commissioned by TUSDEER to provide master planning, construction documentation and consulting engineering services for the TKLP. The firm will be tasked with developing the first phase of the new development, as well as design, development and utilities solutions for park. The firm will, according to a spokesperson, leverage the latest technologies to provide the port's future users with “smooth and secure operations and reduce end-to-end transit time” for goods entering the Kingdom.

Jan Brouwer, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director for Transport and Planning in the Middle East, says, “We are very proud to be working with Tusdeer on the master planning and construction planning for the Tusdeer Khumra Logistics Park. Our team has been recognised as one of the major players in providing integrated planning expertise in the Middle East since we started operating in the region in 1965. Our track record in delivering projects for public authorities and private enterprises like Tusdeer illustrates not only the strength and depth of our portfolio here in the Middle East but it also reaffirms our commitment and support to the region in its dynamic development.”

Phil Eiszele from Tusdeer comments, “We have a trusted partner in Royal HaskoningDHV, given their local knowledge and track record in operating here in the Middle East. Their innovative approach to master planning was apparent even in the first sessions where they came with well thought out ideas to improve and optimise the layout of TKLP, thus spurring new ideas to enhance the quality of the park. We look forward to a productive partnership with Royal HaskoningDHV in the development of the Tusdeer Khumra Logistics Park, a site that will be of great importance to Jeddah allowing us to facilitate trade and commercial opportunities with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”