DP World wins Supply Chain Hub at Logistics ME Awards
DP World won Supply Chain Hub of the Year at the Logistics Middle East Awards 2017, securing the trophy for its nomination that set out the industry-leading position of Jebel Ali Port & Freezone in the regional logistics industry.
This year the categories of Port of the Year and Logistics Hub of the Year were consolidated into one award, opening up the category to various ports and freezones in the region. As such, it was one of the most hotly contested categories.
The judges chose the winner based on its success in providing a convenient base in terms of services and regulation from which logistics giants are able to operate. This award recognised the ports and freezones going the extra mile in facilitating business start-up and operation.
“It’s a great pleasure to be here and it’s an honour to be recognised with this award. It feels great, especially as the market is not easy on the maritime side of logistics, competition is enormous and there are many great ports and hubs competing with us,” said Hesham Abdulla, executive director – general cargo, RORO and logistics centre, DP World.
Abdulla added that he believes automation at Jebel Ali Port contributed significantly to their win. “Automation has helped us in many ways, with process enhancement, accuracy of data, accuracy in terms of handling and lowering risk,” he said. “Gross moves per hour have increased by 7 or 8, which is a huge increase when taken across our Jebel Ali operations. Automation is the future of the maritime industry, especially when it comes to container terminals.”