Jebel Ali comes top for productivity

Jebel Ali Port recorded 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10% from 2013 Jebel Ali Port recorded 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10% from 2013
Industry Database

DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has kept its top spot when it comes to world productivity, recording 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10% from 119 in 2013.

The ranking is based on JOC’s Port Productivity data analysis, compiled by industry analysts Journal of Commerce, of more than 125,000 port calls in 2014 that placed Jebel Ali form the UAE and six ports from China in the Global Top 10 for the year.

Asian and Middle Eastern ports by far recorded the best productivity for ships at berth and Jebel Ali remains the leader in servicing ocean-going container carriers.

“The productivity achievement is a reflection of our unshakeable belief that investing in our people and technology is the best way to deliver service excellence to our customers and support Dubai and the UAE’s development,” said HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman, DP World.

Productivity is defined as the average of the gross moves made by Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes for each vessel call recorded. Gross moves for a single ship call is calculated by dividing the number of container moves (onload, offload and repositioning) by the number of hours the vessel spends at berth.

“We constantly work towards improving turnaround times for ships at our berths, which in turn delivers benefits down the supply chain to other stakeholders. With its semi-automated terminal 3 nearing completion Jebel Ali will be able to handle more of the largest container vessels with the same efficiency that placed it at the top of the world,” added Mr Bin Sulayem.

When fully operational T3 with its 19 remote-controlled quay cranes will raise Jebel Ali Port’s total annual handling capacity to 19 million teu by the end of 2015.

DP World, UAE Region, led by Jebel Ali Port, handled 15.2 million teu in 2014, while another strong quarter was recorded in first quarter of 2015 handling 3.9 million teu, representing growth of 7.7%, during the same period.

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