DP World adds one million TEUs of capacity at Jebel Ali
DP World has inaugurated Jebel Ali Port's Container Terminal 2 (T2) extension, adding capacity of one million TEUs and taking the port's overall capacity to 15 million TEUs per annum.
The occasion was marked by the arrival of one of the largest container ships afloat, the MSC La Spezia.
A red carpet welcome was given to the 366-metre long vessel, which has 14,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity.
In addition to the new capacity, the T2 quay wall is now extended by 400 metres to 3,000 metres. This allows the simultaneous handling of six mega ships.
Together with Container Terminal 3, which is now under construction, Jebel Ali Port will reach 19 million TEU capacity by 2014 and will be able to handle 10 of the giant new generation vessels at the same time – the only port in the region able to do so.
Mohammed Sharaf, Group Chief Executive Officer, DP World, said: “Expanding Jebel Ali Port’s capacity in line with market demand is part of our commitment to be always ready to meet the emerging needs of the shipping lines and traders.
"This is also true of our pipeline of expansion projects and new developments across the DP World portfolio. As we welcome MSC La Spezia to this brand new part of our flagship port we congratulate the management of the UAE Region, its employees and our project partners in delivering the Terminal 2 expansion on schedule, ready to serve the expanding needs of our customers.”
Once completed, the new terminal will create more than 1000 direct jobs.