DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port is the world’s most productive according to the latest port productivity report from the US-based Journal of Commerce (JOC).
The rankings are based on the average moves of containers per ship, per hour, in 2013 as reported by shipping lines themselves, representing more than 75 percent of global vessel capacity. Jebel Ali Port led the industry with an average of 138 moves per vessel hour (MPH).
According to the report, Jebel Ali Port beat 483 ports world-wide, and topped the list of the world’s top 25 ports after analysis of more than 150,000 port calls.
Jebel Ali also tops the list of ports handling ships with capacity of more than 8,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units), with 163 MPH.
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said: “We have invested significantly in infrastructure, equipment, technology and training at Jebel Ali to ensure we can serve our customers’ efficiently and help them realise the benefits of scale the new, larger vessels bring. It is very pleasing to see that this effort is making a difference and we are very proud of our UAE Region team for achieving these excellent results. Customer service is at the heart of everything we do and we constantly invest to ensure we stay ahead of demand so our customers can maximise the efficiency of the supply chain and improve their competitiveness.”
Last month, Jebel Ali welcomed the first scheduled vessel at its new Container Terminal 3 which takes the port’s total capacity to 17 million TEU. Once fully operational next year, the container terminal will add a further 2 million TEU capacity, enabling the port to accommodate ten mega vessels of 18,000 TEU simultaneously.
In the first nine months of 2014, DP World’s terminals in the UAE handled 11.4 million TEU, representing growth of 12.6% year-on-year.