Jebel Ali voted best seaport in the Middle East for 20th year

DP-World-logo-horizontalGlobal marine terminal operator, DP World, has announced that its flagship, Jebel Ali Port has been voted the “Best Seaport- Middle East” for 20 consecutive years by key decision makers in the industry.

The award, organized by ‘Cargo News Asia’, is Asia’s longest running awards event. The award was received by DP World’s managing director, Kris Chang and according to Mohammed Sharaf, DP World’s Group Chief Executive Officer: “Jebel Ali is now raising the bar again.”

Despite being ranked the ninth largest container port worldwide, the port is continuing its developments and plans on opening what will be the “world’s largest semi-automated facility.”

Currently the new terminal, a 1860 metre long quay, is nearly complete and nine brand new mega ship-to-shore quay cranes are being tested before the start of initial operations in the upcoming weeks. There are also plans for fully remote controlled quay cranes and automated yard cranes to add to what is said to be the world’s largest man-made harbour.

Senior vice president and managing director, Mohammed Al Muallem, said: “DP world is committed to investing in its services and facilities to preserve Jebel Ali’s position among the world’s top terminals. This determination has caused the port to be seen as one of the finest modern marine terminals in the world and the expansions currently underway at the port are expected to bring total handling capacity to 19 million TEU by the end of this year. Its position as a premier gateway (connecting over 140 ports world wide) and its increasing TEU capacity act as a reminder of Jebel Ali’s status among the leading terminals in the industry and the ports vital role in the UAE economy.”