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DP World takes over Canada container terminal

posted on 31/07/2016: 1825 views

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, has signed a long-term lease agreement for the expansion and operation of Canada's multi-purpose Rodney Container Terminal at Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada.

It will start running existing operations on January 1, 2017, and work in partnership with the Saint John Port Authority on a planned expansion programme expected to be completed in 2021, with the lease continuing for 30 years after.

DP World already operates the Centerm terminal in Vancouver, the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert and the Duke Point Terminal in Nanaimo. Its entry into Saint John will focus on Canada's trade with Europe and Latin America, increasing sector competition in eastern Canada.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO, DP World, said: "We believe that the future growth prospects for the port are strong. Our investments and commitment to Canada are for the long term, contributing to trade and the development of its national and local economies as well as providing employment for people with a leader of world trade. Our international experience and expertise will be further enhanced with this project."

Jim Quinn, CEO, Saint John Port Authority, said: "The commitments that DP World has made to invest in equipment and systems, commercial promotion and sustainability are critical for the long-term success of the project."

DP World's involvement in Saint John is expected to bring significant benefits to importers and exporters in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, a region of Canada that also includes other Atlantic provinces Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

The Rodney Container Terminal is a multi-purpose terminal handling container traffic in Saint John, the only Atlantic Canada port that is served by the country's Class I railways, Canada National Railway and Canada Pacific Railway (CP) and is CP's only Atlantic gateway port.

The lease will follow the Port Authority's completion of the expansion works, which will create a 350-metre deep-water berth, an enhanced stacking area and a 12,000 foot intermodal rail yard capable of handling a full train. – Khaleej Times -

SEWA to cut water leakage by 30%

The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is planning to reduce wastage of water by 30 per cent, said a top official.

Dr Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of the authority, said that with the support of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the SEWA is planning to implement best practices in the field of water conservation. The authority, in coordination with international companies, is working on reducing the water wastage due to leakages in pipelines in order to achieve 30 per cent of water consumption rationalisation.

Speaking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a meeting held on Sunday with a visiting Singaporean delegation to discuss the methods of upgrading water networks and reducing the wastage due to leakage, Dr Al Leem said that the authority is making great efforts to achieve sustainability and declare Sharjah as city of rationalisation.

He said that as part of its strategic plan and vision of 2020, the SEWA works on evaluating the function of water networks to minimise the wastage. "The water networks in Sharjah stretch over 3,000km and carry 110 million gallons daily. It works based on international technical standards using environment-friendly materials to ensure quality of water," he said.

Highlighting the innovative projects that aimed at achieving sustainability in the field of water supply, Dr Al Leem said that the first project includes a system of storing ground water in spread areas, which could be used in the time of high demand or emergency. The second innovative project includes devices to detect the internal leakages in residential buildings and on premises of government and private institutions.

He noted that the authority is implementing international standards in water production and distribution. – Khaleej Times -


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