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DP World Plans Major UAE Terminal Expansion
Bruce Barnard | Sep 26, 2011 2:13PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story


Will expand Jebel Ali terminal capacity to 15 million TEUs...

Dubai’s DP World will boost annual capacity of its flagship Jebel Ali container terminal by 1 million 20-foot equivalent units to 15 million TEUs, as the United Arab Emirates’ appetite for imports continues to grow.

The company will expand the wharf at the Middle East’s biggest transshipment terminal by 1,312 feet to 9,842 feet by the end of 2012. 

This will allow the largest of three DP World terminals in the United Arab Emirates to handle up to six 15,000 TEUs vessels simultaneously.

“We have seen very strong container growth in the region, with DP World UAE region handling a record 6.1 million TEUs in the first six months of 2011,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, the company’s senior vice president in the UAE.

The UAE terminals also handled a record quarterly traffic of 3.1 million TEUs in the April-June period. 

The previous major expansion at Jebel Ali increased capacity by 5 million TEUs in 2008.

DP World boosted traffic at its 49 operational terminals in the first half of the year by 11 percent year-over-year to 26.2 million TEUs. 

The company’s 23 consolidated terminals handled 13.5 million TEUs, up 2.2 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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