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Expansion plans at Jebel Ali

UAE port to be expanded with an additional 4 million TEU capacity.



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Updated on 06 Dec 2011 07:16 GMT

DP World has announced its intention to expand Jebel Ali port in the UAE by creating an additional 4 million TEU capacity, resulting in a total capacity of 19 million TEU by 2014.

DP World says it will be investing around $850 million over three years adapting 1,860 metres of quayside and 70 hectares of yard from an existing general cargo berth into a new container terminal within the existing container port. The investment will be financed from existing cash resources and cashflow, DP World said.

The new terminal, which will operate with the largest quay cranes and have a draft of 17 metres, will be able to handle the world's largest container vessels planned for the future.

In October 2011, DP World announced record container volumes in the UAE region for 2011, with growth of 11 percent so far this year and over a million TEU per month handled in the port.

"The development of this new capacity at Jebel Ali will ensure we continue to meet the growth in demand from our customers who look to DP World to provide a first class service right across the portfolio," DP World said in a statement.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World said: "Further investing in Jebel Ali, building a new container terminal as well as expanding the existing terminal, as we announced recently, will support the continued growth of Dubai and the UAE and enhance the country's status as the trade centre of the Middle East. Over the past 40 years, our facilities have contributed significantly to the development of Dubai, the UAE and the wider region through the provision of efficient supply chain services. We remain steadfastly committed to continuing to meet the needs of the region's markets."

Mohammed Sharaf, Chief Executive commented: "The UAE has seen remarkable growth this year and the terminal is currently operating at very high levels of utilisation reflecting its strong position as a hub for the fast growing regions of the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Africa.

"With GDP forecasts reflecting a continuation of growth across the region and container shipping lines ordering larger vessels, this expansion will ensure our customers will have the additional capacity required and a continuation of the high levels of efficiency they have come to expect from DP World.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE region said: "We have listened to our customers, who have told us that Jebel Ali continues to be both a gateway for cargo and a vital hub for facilitating trade growth throughout the region, and needs to be able to handle the new generation of mega vessels. In response, we are creating new container handling capacity to meet those needs, offering the efficient and cost effective services our customers have come to rely on. In doing so, we are also creating around 1000 jobs directly at the new terminal."






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