The 14,000-TEU MSC La Spezia arrived at DP World's Container Terminal 2 at Jebel Ali Port on Wednesday, marking the official opening of the terminal's expansion.
DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem officiated the quay-side opening ceremony and presented the shipmaster, Dirk Radig, and Nigel Fernando, Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s general manager, with a commemorative gift to mark the occasion. Jama Majid Bin Thaniah, DP World’s vice chairman; Mohammed Sharaf, DP World’s group CEO; Mohammed Al Muallem, DP World’s senior vice president and managing director of the UAE region; and other senior DP World officials also attended the ceremony.
The extension adds 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units of capacity to the terminal, expanding Jebel Ali Port’s capacity to 15 million TEUs. It also extends the T2 quay wall by 1,312 feet to 9,843 feet, allowing the terminal to handle six mega-ships simultaneously.
Together with Container Terminal 3, which is now under construction, United Arab Emirates port will reach annual capacity of 19 million TEUs by 2014 and will be able to handle 10 of the new generation vessels at the same time.
“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,” Sharaf said in a written statement.
“With our customers now deploying ultra large container ships, we are working tirelessly to complete the work on Container Terminal 3 as planned to cater for even more of these giants,” Al Muallem added.