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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - SEAPORTS & SHIPPING

DP World's port business drops 10%

Posted on 31/07/2009

Cargo handler DP World says business at ports it runs dropped ten per cent in the first half of 2009 as the shipping industry struggles through a sharp downturn caused by the global recession. The Dubai-based port operator said it moved the equivalent of 12.3 million 20-foot shipping containers through the 26 terminals it owns or has operational control of around the world between January and June. That's down from 13.6 million containers in the same period a year earlier. CEO Mohammad ...  >>MORE

DP World to open new terminal in Vietnam in October

Posted on 22/07/2009

Global marine terminal operator DP World has set October 1, 2009, as the date of the official inauguration of its state-of-the-art Saigon Premier Container Terminal, or SPCT. A joint venture between DP World and Vietnam's IPC, SPCT is located on the Soai Rap River 15 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. The region's second fastest growing economy, Vietnam has seen an average annual growth of 7.1 per cent since 2000. While Ho Chi Minh City is currently served by various port facilities along ...  >>MORE

ADCB concludes financing for GMS jack-up barge

Posted on 22/07/2009

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) and Gulf Marine Services WLL (GMS), the largest jackup barge vessel operator in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday the closing of a financing transaction for GMS to procure the new self-propelled jack-up barge GMS Endeavour. The GMS Endeavour is a self-propelled self-elevating accommodation DP II jack-up barge catering to the special needs of offshore oilfield services. The hull of the GMS Endeavour is under construction in China. On completion this ...  >>MORE

DP World extends commitment to Port Botany with 15-year lease

Posted on 09/07/2009

Global marine terminal operator DP World has signed a new 15-year operating lease extension at Port Botany in Sydney, Australia. Terminal operations contribute substantially to job creation and economic growth in the state of New South Wales (NSW). The lease agreement is the third significant DP World contract in Australia this year, following the recent 40-year lease renewal at DP World Brisbane and a new 30-year operating lease at Adelaide. The new lease reflects the NSW Government's ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali voted Best Seaport and Container Terminal

Posted on 06/07/2009

Jebel Ali, DP World's flagship terminal, has been voted ‘Best Seaport' and ‘Best Container Terminal' at
the 2009 Middle East Logistics Awards, or MELA, for the third consecutive time. MELA was established in 2006 to recognise outstanding contributions to the region's logistics industry. Mohammed Ali Ahmed, DP World, UAE Region's Director of Strategic Planning, Human Resources and Business Support, and Chief Commercial Officer Dirk Van Den Bosch, together accepted the awards at a ceremony ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs first corporate to receive ISO 10001:2007 from Lloyd's Register

Posted on 02/07/2009

Lloyd's Register Group, an international organisation that is a leading provider for ISO certificates, announced that Dubai Customs is the first corporate to receive such a certificate across the world, and from both sectors; public and private. Receiving the certificate is a proof of the sustainability of achievements accomplished throughout the past years whether for the quality services given to its clients or the increased level of clients' satisfaction as well as adopting and enhancing the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs launches "TARJIM" in nine different languages

Posted on 29/06/2009

Dubai Customs has launched "Tarjim" service which allows clients to submit complaints in nine languages; Spanish, French, Chinese, Persian, Indian, Urdu and Russian besides the two existing languages; English and Arabic. Coping with the variety of cultures and the diverse linguistic backgrounds in the UAE and enhancing the quality of its services, Dubai Customs realizes the obstacles posed for some clients who cannot express their needs well in Arabic or English; therefore, the Department ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to build dry dock in bid to woo FDI

Posted on 21/06/2009

Sharjah is planning to build a dry dock in a bid to attract foreign companies to use its ports, said the emirate's top port official and a member of its executive council last week. Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Departments of Seaports and Customs and a Sharjah Executive Council member, told the Sharjah Consultative Council that a new free zone being established at Al Sajaah area will be operational in two years. He also said the department was preparing a ...  >>MORE

DNRD announces increase in passengers travelling through ports in Q1 2009

Posted on 17/06/2009

The number of passengers travelling through Port Rashid in Dubai increased to 85,744 in the first quarter of 2009, from 64,952 in the same period last year, announced Major General Mohammed Ahmad Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD). This announcement was made during an inspection of the sea ports including Port Rashid, Jebel Ali Port, Shindagha Port and Hamriya Port, and managed by the DNRD to identify current procedures and services and ...  >>MORE

Dubai World chairman wins prestigious Hall of Fame Award at SCATA 2009

Posted on 03/06/2009

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World, has won the first-ever Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) Hall of Fame Award in recognition of his "valued contribution to the growth of the industry" in the Middle East region. Drydocks World - Dubai, the flagship ship repair, conversion and building yard of Drydocks World, won Best Shipyard of the Year at the same event for the third successive year. Both awards were presented during a ceremony attended by more than 250 industry ...  >>MORE

DP World Djazair backs marine environment initiative in Algeria

Posted on 01/06/2009

DP World Djazair, a joint venture between global port operator DP World and the Algerian port authority, yesterday launched "Clean Ports", a comprehensive marine clean-up effort. The initiative was jointly sponsored by DP World supplier Kone Cranes, a leading global manufacturer of heavy lifting equipment to the maritime industry, and coordinated by RECIFS, an Algerian association of professional divers. "Clean Ports" involved three teams of more than 20 divers each working simultaneously at ...  >>MORE

Two new 59-metre wide berths added to Drydocks World-Dubai

Posted on 19/05/2009

Drydocks World -Dubai, the ship repair, conversion and building subsidiary of Drydocks World, on Monday announced the addition of two new recently-completed berths to its facility. Berths 9 and 10 are now fully operational and are capable of handling supertanker-size vessels. The two berths recently accommodated the 380-metre long TI Asia, Abuzar and Spring Bow for conversion works. The announcement comes ahead of Drydocks World's participation at Nor-Shipping 09, in Oslo, June 9th-12th, where ...  >>MORE

Khorfakkan now connects to Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe ports in Japan

Posted on 19/05/2009

Leading regional port management and logistics firm Gulftainer has announced that its Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), located in Sharjah in the UAE, is now able to offer the fastest direct transit from the Gulf region to Japan, following the recent upgrade of the CMA-CGM MEX Asia-Mediterranean Service - which has been calling weekly at KCT since February this year - to include the ports of Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe in Japan. Some of the world's largest containerships have called at KCT ...  >>MORE

DMC announces completion of over 200 units within its industrial precinct

Posted on 20/04/2009

Dubai Maritime City announced details of a number of milestones and major developmental achievements within the project. The announcement included news on the completion of over 200 units within its Industrial Precinct, as well as the completion of the first kVA substation within the City. 'There has been strong and rapid progress within Dubai Maritime City over the last few months,' stated Amer Ali, the CEO of Dubai Maritime City. According to Amer Ali, a total of 217 units within the ...  >>MORE

DP World assumes 30 year operating concession at Port of Algiers, creating DP World Djazair

Posted on 20/03/2009

Algiers - Global marine terminal operator DP World has officially taken control of operations at the Port of Algiers, now known as DP World Djazair. The addition of Algiers and shortly Djen Djen, Algeria, brings DP World's global network to 49 terminals in 27 countries. The handover follows an official signing ceremony held in Algiers on November 10, 2008. DP World's 30-year concession is consistent with Algeria's strategy to develop the two ports of Algiers and Djen Djen in line with ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to invest US$24bn in industrial port and city project

Posted on 03/03/2009

Total investments in Abu Dhabi's industrial port and city project will be US$24 billion (Dh88bn), this was announced yesterday. The project is expected to form nine per cent of Abu Dhabi's Gross Domestic Product and 80 per cent of the government revenue, said Maqita Al Ahbabi, Senior Coordinator of Project Development Strategy and Development, Abu Dhabi Port Company. It will cater to 300, 000 residents and will create 150,000 jobs, she said. The project will be executed over several phases. ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali industrial bus depot 95% complete, says Al Tayer

Posted on 01/03/2009

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) announced yesterday that 95 per cent of construction works in Phase I of the Bus Depot Station at Jebel Ali Industrial Area have been completed. He added the completion rate reached 25 per cent at Al Ruwiyah Bus Depot Station. The statement was made during a tour made by Al Tayer to inspect the progress at the bus depots at Al Aweer, Al Ruwiyah and Jebel Ali. Al Tayer was accompanied by Essa ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Port focus on customer satisfaction underlined

Posted on 01/03/2009

Global marine terminal operator DP World's flagship facility, Jebel Ali Port, has become the first port in the world to achieve ISO 10002:2004 certification by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA ) for its customer complaint handling system as part of its ongoing drive for customer satisfaction. LRQA, the globally recognised London-based agency, evaluated Jebel Ali Port's customer complaint system and attested that it meets the highest international standards of management excellence, and ...  >>MORE

Fujairah building new port to export Abu Dhabi crude

Posted on 12/02/2009

The world's largest oil tankers will be able to load up crude exports from Abu Dhabi at a new port in Fujairah. Work on constructing the facility – called the Industrial Port – is under way, Captain Mousa Murad, General Manager of Fujairah Port, told Emirates Business. When complete the terminal will be able to handle up to 70 per cent of Abu Dhabi's total crude exports. The location near Fujairah Port means the oil will not have to pass through the strategically sensitive Strait of Hormuz. ...  >>MORE

Crew of the cargo vessel and oil tanker rescued

Posted on 11/02/2009

All crew members of the oil tanker 'Kashmir' and the container vessel 'Sema Saman' which collided early afternoon yesterday seven nautical miles off the Dubai Coast have been rescued and are safe, assured Commander General of Dubai Police Lt.General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim. Police rescued all the 20 crew members of the oil tanker 'Kashmir' and the 19 crew members of the cargo vessel Sema Saman in time. Two of them sustained very minor injuries and are recovering, while all others are doing well, ...  >>MORE

DP World to cut emissions by 35 per cent at Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 11/02/2009

Dubai Ports World, one of the world's largest port operators, will reduce emissions by 35 per cent at Jebel Ali Port by switching to new engines in its cranes. DP World recently signed an agreement for the more efficient 16 gallon diesel engines with Masaood, the local arm of Volvo-Penta. Speaking at the Middle East Electricity 2009 conference, Frank Aslam was careful not to overemphasize the environmental benefits of the engines. "At the end of the day, we are burning diesel,” he said. "We ...  >>MORE

World’s largest container vessel calls at DP World’s Jebel Ali terminal

Posted on 07/02/2009

Global marine terminal operator DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port today welcomed the highest capacity container vessel in the world, the MSC Daniela, with a nominal capacity of 14,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units). The Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) hosted a welcome reception at the terminal to mark the vessel's maiden call to Jebel Ali. The ceremony was attended by senior executives from DP World and MSC as well as MSC's clients. The MSC Daniela is ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2 to be completed this month

Posted on 03/02/2009

Global container terminal operator DP World will boost its handling capacity with the opening of the final phase of the Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2 at the end of this month, said a senior company official. At its full capacity, the new terminal will add five million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to the existing nine million TEUs at Jebel Ali port. "We are opening the last phase of Terminal 2 at the end of this month and this will enhance our efficiency by ensuring faster movement of ...  >>MORE

Container handling grows at Sharjah ports

Posted on 01/02/2009

The total volume of containers handled by ports in the emirate of Sharjah stood at 2.4 million 20-foot (TEU) equivalent units during year 2008, achieving an impressive 25 growth over the preceding year; revealed the figures issued by the Sharjah Sea Ports and Customs Department. The growth in the container handling is mainly attributed to additional activity at the Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT), which alone handled 2, 112, 441 (TEU) during last year. The Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) ...  >>MORE

Fujairah port to ban entry of single-hull lubes barges

Posted on 29/01/2009

Single-hull tankers of less than 600 tonnes deadweight (dwt) such as lube oil barges will cease to call at the Fujairah port and offshore anchorage this year, according to port authorities. The port is calling for an end to the use of such lube oil barges by December 2009 in a bid to conform to international maritime environment conventions, as well as requirements by local maritime authorities. "Accordingly, from January 1, 2010, all lube oil barges based in Fujairah for supplying lube oil ...  >>MORE

Propeller Club to promote UAE maritime industry in a big way

Posted on 12/01/2009

As the UAE positions itself to become a regional and global maritime hub, members of the maritime community in the country are grouping themselves to create ways of promoting the industry and also address the serious concerns affecting them. Through the International Propeller Club of the UAE, Dubai Chapter, the maritime community will seek to enhance quality and improve professionalism in the country's maritime industry. Created recently as a non-government organisation with the aim of ...  >>MORE

Volumes at Gulftainer terminals up over 15% in 2008

Posted on 08/01/2009

Leading regional port management and logistics firm, Gulftainer, has announced that volumes at its terminals in the UAE - Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) - grew by over 15 percent in 2008, compared with 2007 volumes, to reach 2,501,829 teu, reflecting increasing customer confidence in the company in these difficult times. Sharjah-based Gulftainer has been operating in the UAE since 1976, and operates two ports in the country. KCT is strategically ...  >>MORE

Hamariyah Free Zone tops green listing globally

Posted on 28/12/2008

The Hamriyah Free Zone (HFZ) has topped the 5000 world free zones in terms of environmental protection, disclosed the Director-General Engineer Rashid Obeid Al-Leem. "It is due to the strict environmental conditions pursued at the Zone that has achieved two international certification the ISO 14,000 and ISO 18.001 respectively,” said Al-Leem, while answering queries from members of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) on Thursday. He disclosed that the Zone was the first in Sharjah to ...  >>MORE

Port Rashid to get new cruise terminal

Posted on 13/12/2008

Dubai is building a new cruise terminal at Port Rashid to cater to the growing number of cruise tourists, a senior Dubai tourism official said. The present seven-year-old terminal in the vicinity is no longer being used to handle cruise passengers because the whole area close to the Dubai Maritime City development is being redeveloped as prime urban real estate. Work will soon finish on the new terminal and it will receive tourists during the next winter season, Hamad Mohammad Bin Majren, ...  >>MORE

UAE terminals plan fee increases

Posted on 11/12/2008

Container terminals in the UAE are increasing their handling and storage fees between 10 per cent and 150 per cent to help ease pressure at limited berthing spaces in the wake of growing cargo volumes and shortage of manpower. The move is consistent with the trend at various regional and global ports that have already increased tariffs for various services, with plans for further increases at the beginning of 2009. Hamriyah Offshore Terminal in Sharjah has already increased its tariffs by 67 ...  >>MORE

RAK firm owns all shares in Georgian port

Posted on 04/12/2008

Tbilisi - Georgia has sold the remaining 49 per cent of its Black Sea port of Poti to RAK Investment Authority of the UAE for US$65 million, its deputy minister Vakhtang Lezhava said on Wednesday. "Now RAK Investment owns all the shares in the port," he said. Earlier this year RAK Investment purchased the controlling 51 per cent stake in the port from the government for $90 million, plus a further 300 hectares of land in its vicinity. – Reuters ...  >>MORE

Dubai named world’s leading destination and cruise port

Posted on 04/12/2008

Dubai has been named the world's leading destination and cruise port at this year's World Travel Awards. The event, dubbed "the Oscars of the travel industry”, was held on Tuesday night on the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos, the third year running the spot has hosted the ceremony. Dubai also snatched a slew of other awards in the night which featured a performance from 1970s disco queens Sister Sledge. The Palm Jumeirah was named the world's leading tourism development project, the ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali port wins Lloyd’s List Award

Posted on 01/12/2008

Global marine terminal operator DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port has won the Lloyd's List Middle East Award 2008 for the Best Container Terminal of the Year, in recognition of its "vision and commitment to port operations on the domestic and international stages.” The prestigious award honours DP World's performance in providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly service to customers at terminal and offshore. This is the third time in four years DP World Jebel Ali ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali port’s capacity to increase in early 2009

Posted on 25/11/2008

DP World, one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world has announced that the capacity at Jebel Ali will increase by around 5 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) in early 2009, when total handling capacity of the port will reach 14 million TEU. At the same time, DP World disclosed that operations at its flagship terminal at Jebel Ali had returned to normal with the usual high service levels with no further delays to the shipping industry, after addressing the ...  >>MORE

DP World officially takes over port operations in Yemen

Posted on 07/11/2008

Global marine terminal operator DP World has officially taken over container handling operations at the port of Aden, completing the deal announced in July. This takes DP World's global network to 46 marine terminals in 26 countries. In a joint venture partnership with the Yemen Gulf of Aden Port Corporation, which also includes prominent Saudi Arabian company House of Invention International, DP World will operate and further develop container handling facilities in the port of Aden. The ...  >>MORE

Anchoring an illustrious chapter in UAE's maritime history

Posted on 07/11/2008

Fujairah's strategic location - just outside the Strait of Hormuz and as the UAE's main alternative to the Arabian Gulf - has served the emirate well, apart from being a viable economic option. The 26-year history of the Port of Fujairah is a testament to how geopolitical events can provide a sea of opportunities to the east coast emirate. It was events in 1982, during the early phase of the Iraq-Iran conflict, which by chance has turned, what was then, a small stop-over port into the second ...  >>MORE

Dubai World to expand business in Asia

Posted on 18/10/2008

Batam, Indonesia: Dubai World, which last year bought two Singapore-based shipyards, is looking to further expand its marine engineering and fabrication business in Asia with potential acquisitions in China, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Drydocks World, the group's shipyard business unit, is exploring several opportunities in those countries, Dubai World Chairman Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem told reporters during a tour of the company's facilities in Indonesia and Singapore. He said the group ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali boosts capacity with arrival of new cranes

Posted on 22/09/2008

DP World has further expanded capacity at its flagship Jebel Ali terminal with the arrival of new giant tandem lift gantry cranes, the biggest of its kind in the world, and rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes for phase two of Container Terminal 2. Eight new tandem lift cranes and 20 RMGs have been delivered to the new terminal, doubling the number of tandem lift cranes and taking the number of RMGs at the terminal to 38. Six of the tandem lifts and 18 of the RMGs have been commissioned and are ...  >>MORE

Container handling fees at UAE ports rise by 60 per cent

Posted on 11/09/2008

The cost of handling inbound and outbound containers of all sizes at UAE terminals has increased by 60 per cent on average in the past 18 months – resulting in a relentless increase in overall container freight charges. The increase in handling charges has been caused by a shortage of manpower and berthing space combined with the growing volume of containers at ports. Jebel Ali Port in Dubai, Port Khalid and Khorfakkan in Sharjah and Fujairah Port have all increased their handling fees since ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Port raises Dh900m to expand and set up facilities

Posted on 09/09/2008

The Port of Fujairah has raised Dh900 million to expand existing operations and invest in new facilities. The Fujairah-based port and terminal operator has signed a syndicated facility with the National Bank of Fujairah as the initial mandated lead arranger and the Commercial Bank of Dubai as mandated lead arranger. The facility was fully underwritten by both banks and was heavily oversubscribed. The growth of the firm has until now been financed by internal cash generation. "The fact that ...  >>MORE

UAE ports see record numbers this year

Posted on 08/09/2008

UAE ports are expecting record performances this year as imports for construction materials, foodstuffs and cars flood in on the back of the region's economic boom. In one sign of the unprecedented growth, commodity imports surged 69 per cent at Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi from January to July, according to the operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals. Across the UAE, port operators are racing to upgrade equipment and facilities and keep ahead of the frantic pace of growth in the region. The surging ...  >>MORE

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DP World's port business drops 10%


DP World to open new terminal in Vietnam in October


ADCB concludes financing for GMS jack-up barge


DP World extends commitment to Port Botany with 15-year lease


Jebel Ali voted Best Seaport and Container Terminal


Dubai Customs first corporate to receive ISO 10001:2007 from Lloyd's Register


Dubai Customs launches "TARJIM" in nine different languages


Sharjah to build dry dock in bid to woo FDI


DNRD announces increase in passengers travelling through ports in Q1 2009


Dubai World chairman wins prestigious Hall of Fame Award at SCATA 2009


DP World Djazair backs marine environment initiative in Algeria


Two new 59-metre wide berths added to Drydocks World-Dubai


Khorfakkan now connects to Nagoya, Yokohama and Kobe ports in Japan


DMC announces completion of over 200 units within its industrial precinct


DP World assumes 30 year operating concession at Port of Algiers, creating DP World Djazair


Abu Dhabi to invest US$24bn in industrial port and city project


Jebel Ali industrial bus depot 95% complete, says Al Tayer


Jebel Ali Port focus on customer satisfaction underlined


Fujairah building new port to export Abu Dhabi crude


Crew of the cargo vessel and oil tanker rescued


DP World to cut emissions by 35 per cent at Jebel Ali Port


World’s largest container vessel calls at DP World’s Jebel Ali terminal


Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2 to be completed this month


Container handling grows at Sharjah ports


Fujairah port to ban entry of single-hull lubes barges


Propeller Club to promote UAE maritime industry in a big way


Volumes at Gulftainer terminals up over 15% in 2008


Hamariyah Free Zone tops green listing globally


Port Rashid to get new cruise terminal


UAE terminals plan fee increases


RAK firm owns all shares in Georgian port


Dubai named world’s leading destination and cruise port


Jebel Ali port wins Lloyd’s List Award


Jebel Ali port’s capacity to increase in early 2009


DP World officially takes over port operations in Yemen


Anchoring an illustrious chapter in UAE's maritime history


Dubai World to expand business in Asia


Jebel Ali boosts capacity with arrival of new cranes


Container handling fees at UAE ports rise by 60 per cent


Fujairah Port raises Dh900m to expand and set up facilities


UAE ports see record numbers this year