DP World announced the construction of a 400 meter quay extension at its flagship Jebel Ali Port, increasing the facility's capacity by 1 million TEU to 15 million TEU. The expansion, expected to be concluded by the end of 2012, will extend the quay at Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2,000 to 3,000 meters. The expansion will permit Jebel Ali to handle up to six vessels of 15000 TEU simultaneously, hence improving efficiency and reducing turnaround times.
The last major expansion at Jabel Ali port was back in August 2008 when the container T2 was launched with a handling capacity of 2 million TEU. In 2009, 3 million TEU were added as part of the second phase of expansion while the new expansion plan will increase the container’s capacity to handle 6 million TEU.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, of DP World, UAE Region, in his keynote address to the TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East 2011 Conference, said of the expansion plans, “We have seen very strong container volume growth in the region, with DP World, UAE Region handling a record 6.1 million TEU in the first six months of 2011. This further expansion of Jebel Ali demonstrates our commitment to deliver the best-in-class infrastructure for our customers and continues to ensure Jebel Ali is integral to delivering trade growth within the region.”
Hosted by DP World, the three-day TOC conference and exhibition event is being held under the theme of “Delivering the Next Generation of Ports, Shipping & Logistics”. Dozens of international and regional delegates, including industry leaders, experts and government officials, are gathered in Dubai to examine the realities and challenges of the containers logistics business in the Middle East.
Mr. Al Muallem said the way forward for the region’s ports and shipping sector would be through proactively delivering operational efficiencies that bring measurable benefits to the supply chain community.
He added, “Customers are increasingly looking at port operators and shipping lines as strategic innovation partners, and it is the responsibility of the industry to rise up to this expectation. Increased collaboration among all parties in the supply chain can help create greater understanding of the industry’s changing needs and build partnerships based on strategic innovation and improved efficiencies for all.” (Source: www.yallafinance.com )