The Saba Shipping’s Mega Star has become the largest ever bulk carrier to call at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.
The 229 metre-long Mega Star was carrying around 79,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel from Turkey, destined for Dubai.
Last month, Jebel Ali Port welcomed the first scheduled vessel to call at its new Container Terminal 3. Once fully operational next year, the terminal will add a further 4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity to the port, taking total handling capacity at Jebel Ali to 19 million TEU.
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “Our flagship Jebel Ali Port serves a huge variety of customers, all to the same extremely high standard. The team in Jebel Ali rose to the challenge of handling the biggest ever vessel of its type to visit the port, and I congratulate them on their achievement. Efficiently handling 79,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel at Jebel Ali comes hard on the heels of the new Container Terminal 3 receiving its first vessel. This sends a clear message that we are ready to meet future capacity demands in Dubai, whether containerised or non-containerised cargo.”
In the first nine months of 2014, DP World’s UAE terminals handled 11.4 million TEU, representing growth of 12.6% year-on-year.