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Jebel Ali ranks amongst world's 10 largest ports

DP World’s Dubai facility is the only non-Far Eastern port in top 10

DP World's flagship Jebel Ali facility has received the Best Seaport – Middle East title for 20 consecutive years.
DP World's flagship Jebel Ali facility has received the Best Seaport – Middle East title for 20 consecutive years.

DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali terminal has been ranked amongst the world’s 10 largest ports.

The latest container ports rankings from Lloyd’s List, Containerisation International (CI), and the Journal of Commerce (JOC), all show DP World’s Jebel Ali port as the ninth largest in the world.

The top 10 consists of seven ports in China, one in Singapore, and one in South Korea, making Dubai the only non-Far Eastern facility to make the list.

“Jebel Ali has consistently maintained its top 10 ranking since 1997 thanks to Dubai and the UAE’s position as the centre for trade in the region, which our port has supported and driven with constant investigation in infrastructure to stay ahead of demand,” commented HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World.

“This success is entirely due to the wise and far-sighted vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, who has always been an inspiration for us, positioning Dubai and the UAE as a regional and international leader.

“We remain committed to investing in the infrastructure and capabilities of our facility and our people at Jebel Ali to continue to grow and contribute to the further expansion and development of Dubai and UAE, in cooperation with our customers, partners, and our employees,” he added.

Mohammed Sharaf, group chief executive officer of DP World, said: “The distinguished performance by our UAE Region team has helped us maintain our leadership ranking, and has made Jebel Ali stand out among its peers. Its excellent performance has allowed Jebel Ali to also maintain the Best Seaport – Middle East title for the 20th year in a row.

“It is raising the bar again with the forthcoming opening of the new Container Terminal 3, which will be the world’s largest semi-automated facility, featuring state-of-the-art, remotely-controlled cranes,” he added.

In 2013, Jebel Ali added one-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) capacity to its Container Terminal 2. Once completed, Container Terminal 3, which is currently under construction, will add a further 4mn TEU capacity, bringing total capacity at Jebel Ali to 19mn TEU in 2015.

Terminal 3 is set to be the world’s most advanced maritime terminal, featuring 19 semi-automated ship-to-shore (STS) quay cranes and 50 automated rail-mounted gantry (ARMG) yard cranes. The latter will be remotely operated from the safety of a control room.

“We continue to advance Jebel Ali infrastructure to maintain this prestigious position and to meet our customers’ rapidly changing needs,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of DP World’s UAE Region.

“[We] are working to transform Jebel Ali into one of the smartest ports in the world, bringing the latest technology to our operations and processes, and providing a range of services via smartphone mobile applications,” he concluded.

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