Capacity Expansion at Jebel Ali Port

DP World is integral to the economic development and the progress of Dubai and the UAE. We continue to position Jebel Ali Port as the gateway port of choice to handle cargo destined for the Middle East, India and Africa regions.

In 2011, we saw a 12 percent YOY increase in volume with a record throughput of 13 million TEU.  The port has unparalleled connectivity with over 170 shipping lines, 98 weekly services to over 115 direct ports of call and delivers our customers a high level of efficiency.

As the largest and busiest container port in the region, Jebel Ali port is the preferred port of call for major global ship operators, who continue to order ultra large container ships (ULCS) in line with current liner trends.

We embarked on the expansion of our current Terminal 2 as well as the development of new Terminal 3. Work commenced on Terminal 2 in February this year, scope of this expansion is to extend the quay by   400 m; this would increase quay length in Terminal 2 from 2.6 kms to 3 kms (an additional of 400 m) which will take the container handling capacity at Terminal 2, from five million TEU to six million TEU by May 2013.

With this, Terminal 2 will be able to consecutively handle seven of the largest container ships currently sailing the ocean.

As it stands today, progress had been made to demolish the existing breakwater, piling or foundation works for both STS* and RMG** are currently underway. The Quay wall work is ahead of schedule and over 80 percent of the underwater blocks are already in position.

DP World has also embarked on building a new container terminal at Jebel Ali Port – Terminal 3.

Terminal 3 will be one of the finest modern marine terminals in the world with a quay length of 1,860 metres, a draught of 17 metres, and a 70 hectare storage yard.  When operations commence at the new terminal in 2014, total capacity at Jebel Ali will reach 19 million TEU.

The infrastructure at the new terminal will include the deepening of the channel depth to accommodate the next generation of container ships with a capacity of 18,000 TEU.

DP World, UAE Region has already signed agreements with local and international companies for the supply of 19 Ship to Shore (STS) quay cranes and 50 Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes for this development. These quayside and gantry cranes will be equipped with sophisticated technology and are designed to deliver peak productivity and efficiency for our shipping lines.

DP World is the third largest marine terminal operator in the world, with 10% of the world market share in container handling.  We remain committed to continuing to meet the needs of the region’s growing markets and will continue to invest in line with market demands. Our expansion plans will further strengthen Flagship facility, Jebel Ali Port’s position as the most efficient and modern gateway for cargo in the region and enhance its role as an economic growth engine.

Khalifa Port Opens at 12:12:12

Port Opened by UAE President in the Presence of the UAE Vice-President

The Khalifa port was officially opened at exactly 12:12:12 on 12.12.12. by President His  Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the attendance of Shaikh Mohammad  Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of he UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh  Mohammad Bin Zayed al Nahyan, Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal and other Shaikhs and senior officials.

The timing of the opening was quite symbolic for a new Abu Dhabi in line with vision 2030 to have the biggest port with a capacity of 5 million containers in the coming five years.

The port has a strategic position in the region, as it will be connected with Etihad rail by 2016 and all UAE ports will be connected by 2017.

Being built as part of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, the multi-billion dollar flagship project, which is adjacent to Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), is designed to accommodate Mina Zayed’s traffic and Abu Dhabi’s growing trade volumes.

Colombo Calling

The booming Abu Dhabi market is prone to more LCL imports compared to LCL exports where Abu Dhabi Terminal has exported only 38,000 MT against 56,000 MT of imports as per their statistics report of 2010. CSS Abu Dhabi established NVOCC department as a separate division from General Sales on April 2010 and within a span of one year were able to grab 70% of LCL export market share by using different marketing strategies and better services offered in a LCL import prone market.

As a team with valuable experience and professionalism they added to the LCL business by adding a console box from Abu Dhabi to Colombo.

Why Colombo?

As one of the largest cities and been one of the biggest commercial hub in South Asia, Colombo is very well known commercially for textiles, chemicals, glass, scrap & furniture trading. 2000 years back Colombo port was one of the largest trade lane in east west sea trade route which is well known for its geographical position and now Colombo is the home city for major cooperate institutions and also one of the major entertainment venues.

As per the Colombo Port statistics report 2010, they have handled 3.7 million TEU’s inbound which is 10.6% growth compared to 2008 & 2009 which includes the transshipments as well, which drove our focus into Colombo direct console by which we can cover most of the South Asian destination.

Special Features & advantages of direct console:

Abu Dhabi based companies have a major issue of passing documents in Dubai Trade as they require Abu Dhabi customers to have an account with them. Due to these issues, Abu Dhabi based clients prefer not to utilize LCL export service and by using direct console from Abu Dhabi there will be no more hassles in passing export declarations in future.

Colombo state warehouses are state-of-the-art and modern warehouses, which utilize modern technology, and professional team of warehouse staff, which ensures the security, and professional handling of the cargo.

Through promoting new hassle free services, CSS Abu Dhabi is looking forward for a better stability in Abu Dhabi market and providing full customer satisfaction as per their requirements.

World Ports & Trade Submmit

A brand new event in association with the ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company), the World Ports & Trade Summit is being launched in Abu Dhabi from 28th – 30th of March to deliver an unprecedented exchange of information on the future of ports and shipping and will present some of the most ambitious projects ever attempted. This event is organized by Turret Seatrade Events and is accomplished under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. This international exhibition will provide leading companies the opportunity to showcase services and solutions to key purchasers in the region. Ken Dinnadge, VP Business Development will be participating in this summit to ensure that Consolidated Shipping Services and its products and services will be presented so as to generate new business opportunities globally.