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Jebel Ali Port handles massive mega ship visits

Port delivers quick turnaround times for four MSC container vessels.
MSC Beatrice and MSC Lauren together at Jebel Ali Port.
MSC Beatrice and MSC Lauren together at Jebel Ali Port.

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For the second time in a week, global marine terminal operator DP World simultaneously handled two mega container vessels at its flagship Jebel Ali Port, reinforcing its efforts and capability to meet customers’ demands.

The ships, MSC Beatrice and MSC Lauren, sailed in within 10 hours of each other, barely a week after the MSC Daniella and the MSC Bettina.

All four vessels are owned by Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and with each measuring 366 meters long, they are counted amongst the largest container liners in the world. With nominal capacities ranging between 12,500 and 14,000 TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Units), they belong to the new generation of mega container vessels.

Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of DP World’s UAE Region, said: “The visits to Dubai by four of the world’s largest container ships within a short span of time underscores the confidence of the shipping industry in our service capabilities and, more importantly, the return of confidence to the local and regional economy.

The Jebel Ali Port management rolled out a plan to discharge and load with its highly-trained workforce and state-of-the-art terminal technology, including Super Post Panamax (SPP) cranes with twin and tandem capabilities to ensure quick turnaround times.

“We commend the excellent work done by Jebel Ali Port’s operation managers and workforce in efficiently handling the challenges posed by the simultaneous port calls made by the MSC family,” Al Muallem commented.

While MSC’s mega ships are frequent guests at Jebel Ali, it is only occasionally that they are berthed at the same time.

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