Jebel Ali Container Terminal inaugurated
DP World development will be largest semi-automated facility
DP World’s Jebel Ali Container Terminal 3 (T3), has been inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
With 19 highly sophisticated automated quay cranes and 50 automated rail mounted gantry (RMG) yard cranes, T3, which is set to be the world's largest semi-automated facility, will be at least 30% more carbon efficient than a conventional terminal operation. Importantly, automation will transform the workplace at the port, creating around 1,000 skilled jobs.
And with the cranes operated from a purpose built operations building set apart from the quayside using remote control technology, the work has attracted highly skilled, and diverse, people - 30% of the new quay crane operators recruited are Emiratis, and of those, a third are women. The figure is even higher for RMG operators, with 70% of those recruited Emiratis and 70% of that group being Emirati women.
His Highness, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, was welcomed to T3 by HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World, Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and other senior officials
During his visit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed talked with some of the new female recruits about their new roles and viewed construction of the pioneering Terminal 3, which will add 4mn TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity to the port this year, taking total capacity to 19mn TEU.
HE Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, vice chairman, DP World, said: “Jebel Ali is the model for our global portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents including the new developments we have underway in Europe, Africa, India and the Middle East. The unrivalled efficiency and connectivity of Jebel Ali, plus the adjacent free zone, home to around 7,000 companies, has been and continues to be a driver of growth for the economy not just of Dubai and the UAE but for the wider region of some two billion people from the subcontinent to East Africa.”