Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region
In line with its commitment to constantly improve operational efficiencies for customers, global marine terminal operator DP World has introduced 3G internet service for container liner operators calling at its flagship Jebel Ali Port.
Jebel Ali is among the first global ports to offer this vital communication service using the 3rd generation mobile telecommunications (3G) service in operations.
The enhanced e-service enables carriers to connect to the port through the Dubai Trade portal and quickly file BAPLIE (Bay Plan/Stowage Plan of Occupied and Empty Spaces) information as the vessel departs for Jebel Ali, or acquire the data for onward ports.
The data identifies each container and its location, and also identifies spaces available on board the vessel. Terminal operators can then access the data and plan the most efficient loading and discharge of containers and cargo, working closely with the carrier. The data also highlights any special handling requirements, and proper weight distribution for ship stability.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The BAPLIE message is the backbone of electronic container stowage operation. Using the 3G service in our operations is an exciting new initiative that adds to the tools we have rolled out to improve operational efficiencies at our flagship Jebel Ali Port. DP World constantly invests in technology to deliver supply chain efficiencies that directly benefit our customers.”
Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer, DP World, UAE Region, said: “At DP World, UAE Region we aim to maximise customer experience and peace of mind. This initiative to provide vessel bay plan downloads via 3G connections on the Dubai Trade portal will further enhance our quality services. We thank Dubai Trade for their cooperation in implementing this 3G e-service.”
Hesham Abdulla, Director – Container Terminal, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Enhancing communication with ship operators is an important part of our work at Jebel Ali Port. The Outbound BAPLIE data accessed via 3G service gives a snapshot of the stowage plan of the containers, both for the current situation and for a near future situation. This will enable ship operators to better coordinate discharge and loading moves on the ocean vessel’s route.”