Dubai’s port begins work on new $1.6 billion terminal

Published July 29th, 2015 - 07:21 GMT

DP World, the Dubai-based global shipping terminal operator, has launched construction work on a brand new $1.6-billion container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, UAE.

Phase One of the Container Terminal Four (T4) project will deliver new capacity of 3.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port’s total capacity to 22.1 million TEU. The port complex will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 m by that time.

T4 will be located on a reclaimed island north of the existing Terminal Two, allowing DP World to further expand capacity to a total of 7.8 million TEU in line with market demand, said a statement.

As part of the project, a bridge is being built to provide access to the island from land near Terminal Two. Work is scheduled to get the 3,000-m causeway and bridge partially open to traffic before the end of 2015.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said: “Given the strong economic outlook, both domestically and regionally, including the lead up to Dubai Expo 2020, we are delighted to announce the construction of Terminal Four.

“The new capacity is a response to feedback from customers expressing the need for more capacity at Jebel Ali due to an expected increase in trade in the run-up to Expo 2020. Shipping lines will be able to bring more of the world’s largest vessels to our terminals so helping improve the efficiency of the region’s supply chain.”

Bin Sulayem said: “Jebel Ali continues to respond to market demand as we have in the past.  Despite the addition of 2 million TEUs capacity in Terminal 3 scheduled in the second half 2015, the port still experiences high levels of utilization.”

“With Jebel Ali’s total capacity set to reach 22.1 million TEU in 2018, we are ensuring our flagship asset in Dubai continues to have sufficient capacity to serve the future growth demand of the UAE and the wider region.”

Terminal Four will be equipped with semi-automated quay cranes, providing operational efficiencies for customers, comfortable and safe working conditions for employees and environmental benefits for the community at large by reducing the carbon footprint.

Under Phase One, T4 will feature a 1,200-meter-long quay with an 18-meter draft, and 13 of the world’s largest and most modern quay cranes, remotely operated from a sophisticated control room off the quayside. Some 35 automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (ARMG) will operate in the yard.

“We have invested significantly in the infrastructure, equipment, technology and training of our teams at Jebel Ali. Our priority is to ensure that we can serve our customers efficiently and help them realise the benefits of scale that the fleet of new, larger vessels bring," said Bin Sulayem.

“Today, Jebel Ali has the capability to accommodate 10 of these mega container ships simultaneously. The new state-of-the-art facility at Terminal Four will increase this number significantly.”

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