P&O to support DP World in Jebel Ali port
P&O Maritime Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DP World, has expanded its services into the Middle East to support its parent company's activities in Dubai's Jebel Ali terminal.
The Australia-based firm will provide crewing and maintenance for more than 20 vessels, including tug boats, pilot boats and line boats, along with other maritime operations in the UAE region, both in-harbour and offshore.
"With the rapid expansion of our terminal at Jebel Ali in particular, P&O Maritime Services will play a vital part in the support we provide our customers from before their vessels arrive in port to beyond the terminal gates," said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director for DP World's UAE region.
"P&O Maritime Services brings significant efficiency and service level gains to our operations and with its global experience, the company will make a valuable contribution to our important UAE facilities."
P&O Maritime Services is a specialist fleet operator and manager, and supports public and private sector operations in regions as diverse as Ireland to the Southern Ocean.
The P&O Group was acquired by DP World, itself a sister company of Dubai World, for US$7.1 billion in 2006, and plans to build on existing DP World maritime operations, ensuring the maintenance and evolution of safety standards, staff training and improved utilisation of marine assets.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to support DP World and its customers in the UAE," announced Andrew King, managing director of P&O Maritime Services. "We have been in operation since the 1960s and this partnership is in line with our ongoing strategy of pursuing profitable expansion opportunities in high-growth markets. As DP World expands at Jebel Ali and throughout the Middle East region, we expect to grow with it."