Dubai Ports Authority has reported 24% growth in its handling operations and set a cargo traffic record of 6.4 million containers for the year, an official said in a report published in Gulf News.
The 24 per cent figure and the 6.4 million container total are just two of a large number of significant developments connected to the port's operations, said Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, managing director of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA).
Dubai's port facilities rank the city as the world's 11th largest port operator, he said. More than 100 shipping lines are served by DPA. Dubai's ports will expand their cargo-handling capacity further through an ongoing four-phase, Dh4.6 billion expansion project, he said.
The plan includes the construction of docking areas, new wharfs, container yards and extension and deepening of the present docks to be able to handle the largest ships. The plan is to be implemented in four phases.
After completion, Dubai should be able to handle 21.8 million containers a year by 2020.