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DP World signs T4 expansion contracts

DP World said on Wednesday it has signed two major contracts for construction work at its new Container Terminal 4 on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali Port.
Jebel Ali's new Container Terminal 4 is being built on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali Port.
Jebel Ali's new Container Terminal 4 is being built on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali Port.

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DP World said on Wednesday it has signed two major contracts for construction work at its new Container Terminal 4 on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali Port.

Under phase 1, Dutco Balfour Beatty will develop an operational yard area with a quay length of 1,200m. BAM International Abu Dhabi will build a 400m bridge and adjacent causeways and the 2.2km quay wall with an alongside depth of 18 metres, designed to accommodate the largest mega container vessels.

CH2M HILL (Halcrow) will deliver the civil works on the reclaimed island north of Jebel Ali's Terminal 2, connected to the mainland by a 3,000 metre causeway, a statement said.

Terminal 4 will add 3.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port's total capacity to 22.1 million TEU. The port will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 metres by that time.

DP World will further expand Terminal 4's capacity to a total of 7.8 million TEU in line with market demand under phase 2, with an additional operational yard with a quay length of 1,000 metres that will be built by Dutco Balfour Beatty.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman and CEO, said: "We are excited to see construction work going ahead as planned for Container Terminal 4 in the run up to Expo 2020. We continue to support the transformation of Dubai into the world's smartest city as envisioned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai."

He added: "This terminal is the big idea that will change the way ports work in the future. We will deploy the latest technology in equipping our quays and yards, and run them with the most sophisticated terminal operation systems."

Zeyad Baker, executive director, Dutco Balfour Beatty, said: "Our new partnership for this exciting new chapter in the port's development demonstrates the long term nature of our continuous involvement in a port that emerged four decades ago to become the world's largest man-made harbour."

Phase 1 will feature 13 of the world's largest and most modern quay cranes, remotely operated from a control room off the quayside.

Jebel Ali and other DP World terminals in the UAE handled 15.6 million TEU in 2015. Last year, DP World's global portfolio of container terminals handled 61.7 million TEU.

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