Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another Huge TEU Increase for Arabian Container Port with New Freight Terminal Development

Billion Dollar Construction Begins
Shipping News Feature

DUBAI – Port operator DP World, has announced the start of construction work on a brand new $1.6 billion container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai. Located on an island of reclaimed land north of the existing Terminal 2, phase 1 of the Container Terminal 4 (T4) project will deliver new capacity of 3.1 million TEU by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port’s total freight capacity to an astounding 22.1 million TEU, this for a port which didn’t start operations until 1979. The port complex will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 metres.

Under Phase 1, T4 will feature a 1,200 metre long quay with an 18 metre draft, and 13 of the world’s largest quay cranes, remotely operated from a control room off the quayside. Some 35 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes will operate in the yard.

As part of the project, a bridge is being built to provide access to the island from land near Terminal 2. Work is scheduled to get the 3,000 metre causeway and bridge partially open to traffic before the end of 2015. HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said:

“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 Dubai 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.

“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 utilisation. 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.

“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. Today, Jebel Ali has the capability to accommodate ten of these mega container ships simultaneously. The new state-of-the-art facility at Terminal 4 will increase this number significantly.

“We will continue to develop Jebel Ali port to meet the current and future needs of our customers. The new terminal will further reinforce Jebel Ali’s role as the premier gateway serving the wider region of two billion people.”

Photo: Part of DP World’s existing facilities at Jebel Ali.