DP World has completed its dredging project at Jebel Ali port, which deepened the draft, allowing the port to handle bigger ships.
The dredging added to the expansion work currently under way at the United Arab Emirates port, which will add 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units of new capacity to Container Terminal 2 later this year and another 4 million TEU capacity to Container Terminal 3 by 2014. Once completed, the port will be able to handle up to 10 of the next generation 18,000-TEU mega-vessels at the same time.
In total, 447,000 cubic meters (about 15.8 million cubic feet) of soil have been dredged from 2,900 meters (about 9,514 feet) of quay at the roll-on, roll-off vehicle carrier terminal, the tanker terminal and three container berths. Container berths 14, 16 and 17 were deepened to 52 feet from 46 feet.
“Today, Jebel Ali Port is handling each week an average of three ultra-large container ships with a capacity of 14,000 TEU and above, and we believe that number will increase steadily in the coming years,” said Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director of DP World’s UAE region, in a written statement.