DP World announces state-of-the-art technology deal
Jebel Ali, the flagship container port operated by DP World, will install state of the art technology to run its new mega container terminal currently under development, as part of plans to expand container handling capacity at the port to 19 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) by 2014.
An agreement has been signed with CyberLogitec, a Seoul, Korea-based IT company specialised in maritime and logistics industry, to provide its OPUS Terminal Operating System (TOS) for Terminal 3, which when completed will add four million TEU in additional capacity to Jebel Ali.
OPUS TOS has modules to support the sophisticated operational requirements of the new terminal as well as interfaces to other existing systems at the port to provide seamless services to customers. Container Terminal 3, with a quay length of 1,860 metres, a draft of 17 metres, and a 70 hectare storage yard, will be equipped with 19 Ship To Shore (STS) quay cranes and 50 Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The innovative technology we have in place in Jebel Ali Port is designed to ease congestion across the port area, from the berths to the gates. The OPUS Terminal Operating System (TOS) we have ordered will make Terminal 3 one of the most efficient container terminals anywhere, as our flagship port Jebel Ali continues to lead the region in adopting technology to drive growth.”
Mohammed Ali Ahmed, chief operations officer, DP World, UAE region, said: “DP World understands that constant investment in cutting-edge technology is the answer to sustainable business growth in this age of the Internet. Our continuing focus is to ensure that our business is well prepared to respond to the immediate needs of our customers, whether that is in reliability, additional capacity at existing ports or reducing turnaround time of vessels.”
Jang-Rim Choi, CEO of CyberLogitec, said: "We are very pleased to provide OPUS Terminal to DP World's Jebel Ali Terminal 3, one of the largest terminals in the world. Based on our strong cooperative relations and trust built in the automated terminal project in Pusan New Port terminal, we are confident that OPUS Terminal will contribute to the world leading competitiveness of Jebel Ali Terminal 3 as the best of its kind in the Middle East."
In the first six months of 2012 DP World, UAE Region, of which Jebel Ali is the leading facility, handled 6.6 million TEU, 7.3% ahead of the same period last year.