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Jebel Ali still the most productive port in the world

DP World leads the Middle East, which has the most productive ports outside Asia according to JOC ranking.
DP World leads the Middle East, which has the most productive ports outside Asia according to JOC ranking.
DP World leads the Middle East, which has the most productive ports outside Asia according to JOC ranking.

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DP World’s Jebel Ali Port retained its position as the most productive port in the world through 2014, according to the latest JOC Port Productivity report.

The report looks at 771 ports worldwide and Middle East container terminals consistently rank at the top end.

Jebel Ali Port handled 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, also known as ‘berth moves’, which was a 10% improvement on the 119 moves it averaged in 2013 when it was also the world’s most productive port, according to JOC.

JOC defines productivity as the average number of moves per hour for each ship, berth moves include the loading, offloading and repositioning of shipping containers.

It is therefore a different measure to the efficiency of a port, which is a measure of time, as only transhipment hubs, which are usually busier than purely export-import ports, make the upper end of the ranking.

DP World Chairman Sultan Bin Sulayem said the top ranking is a reflection of the company’s investment in its flagship port, including the soon-to-be completed semi-automated Terminal 3 and the early development of Terminal 4.

“We constantly work towards improving turnaround times for ships at our berths, which in turn delivers benefits down the supply chain to other stakeholders,” says Bin Sulayem.

Six ports from China featured in the top 10 as well as one from Japan and South Korea. Gulftainer’s Khorfakkan Port in Sharjah was listed as the tenth most productive port in the world, making it the second most productive in the Middle East.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Jebel Ali, Khorfakkan and Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port were the most productive, while Oman’s Salalah Port was fourth and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Port was seventh in the region.

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