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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - SEAPORTS & SHIPPING

Gulf Maritime 2005 from April 18-20

Posted on 03/04/2005

The Gulf Maritime 2005 is expected to generate deals worth over US$40 million in its three-day run and will feature over 180 exhibitors from over 26 countries. The show is scheduled on April 18-20 at Expo. Last year the show generated deals worth US$28 million and attracted a total of 2,785 visitors, according to ‘Khaleej Times' report. This year, the number of visitors is likely to rise by at least 60 per cent. Gulf Maritime displays will include the latest in designing and building of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs will pre-screen US containers

Posted on 26/03/2005

Ports Authority becomes the 35th international port operator to implement the United States Container Security Initiative as it begins pre-screening of containers destined for US ports. Dubai Ports Authority became the first Middle Eastern port operator to join the initiative when it signed the declaration of principles with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Dubai on December 12. A CBP deployment team will work with Dubai Customs to target high-risk cargo containers destined for ...  >>MORE

UAE, Morocco sign accord on Tangier port development

Posted on 22/03/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, attended the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement between the UAE and Morocco on the utilisation and promotion of the Tangier-Mediterranean Free Zone. The agreement was signed between the Tangier-Mediterranean special development zone (TMSDZ) and the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZ). The 10-year agreement provides for strategic partnership between TMSDZ and JAFZ to enable them unify their assets ...  >>MORE

DPI signs 30 year concession with Fujairah Port Authority

Posted on 17/03/2005

Dubai Ports International "DPI", one of the world's leading port operators, has been awarded a 30 year concession to develop and operate the container terminal at the Port of Fujairah, here in the United Arab Emirates. The agreement between the Fujairah Port Authority and DPI also includes an option to mutually extend the concession by a further 20 years, potentially taking the contract through to 2055. Fujairah's deep-water facility has over 1.3km of quay and DPI's total projected ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports achieves growth rate of 20%

Posted on 09/03/2005

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) last year handled 6.25 million tonnes of general cargo, achieving a strong 20 per cent growth rate. The annual statistics released by DPA indicate that the total general cargo tonnage from January to December climbed to 6.25 million tonnes, an increase of 1.035 million tonnes over 2003. Goods entering through Dubai Ports comprised 81 per cent of the total, which amounted to 5.088 million tonnes in 2004, an increase of 27 per cent. Exports comprised 14 per cent of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports to invest Dh1.15b in Busan facility

Posted on 07/03/2005

Dubai Ports International (DPI) is investing Dh1.146 billion (US$312.5 million) in the development of nine container berths in Busan's new port in South Korea, said a senior government official. Mohammad Sharaf, managing director of Dubai International, the overseas port and free zone management arm of Port Customs and Free Zone Corp, told Gulf News yesterday: "As part of our acquisition of the CSX World Terminals (CSXWT) assets, we have gained 25 per cent of the management of Busan's new ...  >>MORE

Cargo Village to expand as volume exceeds target

Posted on 26/02/2005

Dubai Cargo Village will double its capacity to 2.5 million tonnes by early 2007 when phase one of its expansion programme is completed. Ali Al Jallaf, director of the Dubai Cargo Village (DCV), told Gulf News the expansion is long overdue since business had outgrown the capacity of the Dubai Cargo Village several years ago. The expansion blueprint, drawn up six years ago, charts the construction of three mega terminals aimed at raising the DCV's total handling capacity to 4.5 million tonnes ...  >>MORE

New book on 'Customs in the United Arab Emirates'

Posted on 22/02/2005

The Office of Information Affairs for Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, has published a study entitled 'Customs in the United Arab Emirates.' The book tries to present this sector to the readers, shedding light on its local and federal structures, its development, goals , and the mechanisms it uses to respond to the world economic development, according to a press release. The study asserts that customs system in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented in the UAE ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports invests Dh3.38b in Indian port

Posted on 17/02/2005

Dubai Ports International (DPI) will invest Dh3.38 billion ($930 million) in four years at a container terminal in Kochi, said a top DPI official. India yesterday officially handed over the Rajiv Gandhi Terminal to DPI at a ceremony attended by Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Dubai Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, chief executive of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) and Mohammad Sharaf, Managing Director of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek Entry Customs handles 24,500 ships

Posted on 14/02/2005

About 24,500 ships passed through Dubai Creek Entry Customs operations in 2004, Gulf News daily reported. Of the total traffic handled on the Creek last year, 17,456 ships were from Iran, 3,198 from Dubai Ports Authority and 1,758 vessels came from other ports in the UAE, officials said. In terms of ships arriving from other GCC states, 336 came from Kuwait, 327 from Qatar and 230 were from Bahrain. The Creek is a natural harbour, and Dubai's strategic location on the international trading ...  >>MORE

DPI to manage Port in Indian state of Kerala

Posted on 31/01/2005

Dubai Port International, which manages several ports worldwide including Jeddah Islamic Port, will sign on February 7 an agreement with the port authority in Kochi, Kerala, to build a new International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT). DPI bagged a 38-year concession to exclusively operate and manage the existing terminal and to develop a greenfield site into a new terminal handling an estimated three million TEUs of container traffic making Kochi in Indian state of Kerala a gateway ...  >>MORE

World's largest gantry cranes installed at Dubai Port

Posted on 18/01/2005

Dubai Ports Authority recently took delivery of the first four of an eventual 10 giant gantry cranes to be installed at the Dubai container docks. There will be an additional 14 Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTG's). The Chinese-manufactured gantries, the largest of their kind in the world and the first of their type to be installed in the Middle East, can handle up to 45 standard containers per hour and will be up-and-running around the beginning of February. "These state-of-the-art gantries are ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village posts 21.92% growth in 2004

Posted on 18/01/2005

Dubai Cargo Village handled 1.17 million tonnes of cargo last year, compared to 959,081.64 tonnes in 2003, an increase of 21.92 per cent, said an official. Last December, cargo throughput was recorded at 104,751.93 tonnes, up 22.46 per cent from the 85,537.22 tonnes handled in the same month in 2003, according to a report in "Gulf News.” Imports increased 25.17 per cent to 55,115.46 tonnes in December 2004 from 44,031.37 tonnes in December 2003. Exports increased 17.57 per cent to 46,264.80 ...  >>MORE

Ras al-Khaimah to extend and improve port in rapid phases

Posted on 16/01/2005

A plan to expand and improve Ras Al Khaimah's port will be implemented immediately, an official said. The development of the port will take place in two stages, said Mohammad Al Mehrizi, Director General of the Ras Al Khaimah Customs and Ports Department. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, officially approved yesterday the final expansion and improvement plan for the Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Port. During the first stage of the project, a loading and unloading ...  >>MORE

Khorfakkan Container Terminal expansion begins

Posted on 16/01/2005

Sharjah's Seaports and Customs Department announced yesterday it has commenced expansion of the Khorfakkan Container Terminal, at a total cost of Dh300 million, officials said. The project, the largest in the emirate, involves building new quays with a length of 400 metres and a breakwater with a length of 800 metres. It also involves reclaiming a 150,000 metre area for new storage capacity, said Eisa Al Matawaa, Director-General of Sharjah Seaports. "A total of Dh120 million of the ...  >>MORE

Port Klang Free Zone to be completed in April

Posted on 16/01/2005

Construction of the first phase of the Port Klang Free Zone, which will be managed by Jebel Ali Free Zone International, will be completed in April, said a top Dubai government official. Jebel Ali Free Zone International (Jafzi), the international free zone operations of Dubai International owned by Dubai's Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), has won a concession to operate the free zone in Malaysia. Jafzi is currently in three long-term agreements in Malaysia, Djibouti and ...  >>MORE

Dubai signs 21-year accord with Djibouti

Posted on 11/01/2005

Dubai Customs has signed an agreement with Djibouti Customs to undertake the management and development of all regimes, measures and customs procedures of the Republic of Djibouti. The agreement was signed in Dubai on Sunday by Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation (PCFC), and Yasin Elmi Bouh, Minister of Finance, Republic of Djibouti. Under the terms of the agreement, Dubai Customs will assume responsibility for administrative procedures ...  >>MORE

DPI, Fujairah Port sign MoU on container yards

Posted on 10/01/2005

Dubai Ports International, DPI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ports Authority of Fujairah for the development and administration of container yards at Fujairah Port. The MoU was signed by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Dubai Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and Sheikh Saleh bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Chairman, Ports Authority of Fujairah recently. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

ADSA and DPI sign MoU on Port Zayed

Posted on 09/01/2005

The Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority and Dubai Ports International (DPI) inked today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of a joint strategy to develop and manage Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi . ”We are very pleased to join efforts with Dubai Ports International to further the growth of the maritime sector in the UAE and expand commercial activities at Mina Zayed,” announced Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority after the signing ceremony. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports reports 24% growth in cargo handling

Posted on 26/12/2004

Dubai Ports Authority has reported 24 per cent growth in its handling operations and set a cargo traffic record of 6.4 million containers for the year, an official said. The 24 per cent figure and the 6.4 million container total are just two of a large number of significant developments connected to the port's operations, said Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, managing director of Dubai Ports Authority (DPA). Dubai's port facilities rank the city as the world's 11th largest port operator, he said. ...  >>MORE

RAK to expand ports and cement plants

Posted on 19/12/2004

Ras Al Khaimah plans to invest Dh2 billion to expand its cement companies and ports to expand their capacity. "These investments will be made available within the next three years," said Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah. "The capacity of the Ras Al Khaimah cement companies Gulf Cement Company [GCC], Ras Al Khaimah Cement, Union Cement Company [UCC] and Ras Al Khaimah White Cement and Construction Company will increase from three million tonnes to around nine ...  >>MORE

Dubai ports join anti-terror effort

Posted on 13/12/2004

Dubai's ports are the first in the Middle East to join a US-led maritime anti-terrorist effort, officials announced yesterday. Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), and Robert C. Bonner, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, yesterday signed a declaration of principles. Dubai Customs officials will work with CBP teams based here to screen all containers heading to US ports for security risks. The CBP initiated the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports acquires nine terminals

Posted on 11/12/2004

Dubai Ports has become the world's sixth largest port operator after acquiring nine terminals from a US group for Dh4.22 billion (US$1.15 billion) yesterday. Dubai Ports, which combines Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) and Dubai Ports International (DPI), will now operate 17 ports and terminals and 6 free zones and logistics facilities in 13 countries. It defeated rival bids from the world's largest port operator Hutchison of Hong Kong and Singapore's PSA International to acquire the nine ...  >>MORE

Dubai Maritime City likely to be ready by next year

Posted on 08/12/2004

By 2006 Dubai will have the world's largest ship repair capacity with Dubai Maritime City adding to facilities already provided by Dubai Dry Docks, according to Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation (PCFZ). Delivering the opening address at the Seatrade Middle East Maritime conference at the Dubai World Trade Centre, he said 40 per cent of the reclamation work for Dubai Maritime City, a 195-hectare man-made peninsula being designed as a ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village's through put to cross 1m tonnes this year

Posted on 08/12/2004

Cargo throughput at the Dubai Cargo Village is set to cross the million tonne milestone for the first time, a senior official said. Throughput at the Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) reached 940,595 tonnes last year, up from the previous year's 784,997 tonnes, recording a 19.82 per cent growth. "Our projection is that it will reach 1.2 million tonnes by the end of this year," Abdullah Mohammad Bin Khediya, DCV's senior general manager told Gulf News yesterday. Construction of the new Cargo Mega ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports record 24% growth in throughput

Posted on 07/12/2004

Dubai Ports Authority has recorded a 24 per cent growth in cargo throughput for the first 11 months of 2004. It is well on its way to handle 6.4 million 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) by year-end, said Anwar Ahmad Wajdi, executive director of DPA. Last year, DPA recorded a 23 per cent growth in containerised cargo handling, reaching 5.15 million TEUs over the previous year's 4.1 million TEUs. Jebel Ali port, which is executing a Dh4.2 billion four-phased expansion under a masterplan, is ...  >>MORE

UAE seaports are the best in the region: Saeed bin Zayed

Posted on 05/12/2004

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Seaports Authority has said that the UAE seaports are the best in the region in terms of facilities and adherence to international quality standards. With 26 seaports, the UAE infrastructure has boosted the country's sea transport share significantly. The modern seaports infrastructure, coupled with the strategic location of the UAE, have combined to increase the contribution of the seaports sector in the national economy. For ...  >>MORE

Ports generate more revenue in the UAE

Posted on 04/12/2004

The seaports of UAE generates more business in volume compared to air and land due to its strategic locations, reasonable tariff, fast movement and equipped with all safety requirements, according to a study. The ports export oil, raw materials, and finished goods worldwide as well as import various raw materials for the local consumers . It also re-exports and redistribute trade to other AGCC countries. The country is served by 15 commercial ports with a total capacity of more than 70 ...  >>MORE

Jadaf Dubai bi-annual figures for 2004 show overall rise

Posted on 31/10/2004

Hamed Mohammed Mattar Bin Lahej, the General Manager of Jadaf Dubai (Dubai Ship Docking Yard) of the Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, stated that the cumulative bi-annual statistics for the first half of 2004 have shown an overall rise compared to those of the respective period last year. These improvements were evident in a noticeable increase in general income and a rise in docking and undocking movement. Furthermore, a substantial increase in dry berthing at both docks (1) and (2), ...  >>MORE

World largest container crane for export to UAE debuts in Shanghai

Posted on 30/10/2004

A giant crane that can lift two 40-foot containers at one time, the first of its kind worldwide, debuted in Shanghai recently. The machine will be exported to United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the end of this year. The crane, the world's largest and most advanced container- lifting machine, was developed by Shanghai-based Zhenhua Port Machine Company (ZPMC). The enterprise has exported more than 1,500 cranes to 70 ports in 37 countries and regions, grabbing more than half of the market shares in ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports' expansion of 1st phase nears completion

Posted on 18/09/2004

The first phase of Dubai Ports' development plan will be completed by the end of this year, increasing the port's handling capacity to over 6.2 million TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units), according to a top port official. "The entire expansion project will enable the ports to increase their capacity to approximately 11 million TEUs by the end of 2010," Dubai Ports Authority Executive Commercial Director Anwar Wajdi told a high ranking delegation comprising 35 top executives from a range ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo bolsters fleet

Posted on 18/09/2004

Emirates SkyCargo is bolstering its fleet with an additional freighter to service growing demand from its markets worldwide. The new freighter, a Boeing 747-400F leased from Atlas Air, will come on board on October 1. As the fourth 747-400F, it will boost Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet to half a dozen aircraft, all Boeing 747s including two 747-200Fs. With a capacity of 124 tonnes, the new aircraft takes the cargo division's total freighter payload capability up to nearly 700 tonnes. ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo to add two more destinations

Posted on 15/09/2004

Emirates SkyCargo is set to start freighter services to Johannesburg, South Africa's commercial capital, and Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan, effective from October 1. The Johannesburg route will be operated by a Boeing 747-400F with a capacity of 124 tonnes, and Lahore will be served by a Boeing 747-200F with a payload of 100 tonnes. The new service to Johannesburg marks Emirates SkyCargo's first African freighter route, supplementing the current 182 tonnes of belly-hold ...  >>MORE

Libya to benefit from UAE's expertise in ports, free zones

Posted on 11/09/2004

The UAE and Libya have agreed to set up a holding company in the North African Arab country that will capitalise on the UAE's experience in building and managing ports, free zones, airports and real estate projects. An agreement to set up the company followed a recent visit to Tripoli by General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister. Sheikh Mohammad explained to leaders in Tripoli the successful experiment of the UAE in the free zones, tourism ...  >>MORE

SkyCargo adopts new ground handling system

Posted on 01/09/2004

Emirates SkyCargo recently migrated to its new-generation ground handling system SkyLog, developed by Emirates' IT arm, Mercator, a press release said. The system is designed for more efficient handling at its hub located at Dubai International Airport, boosting customer benefits by responding to their evolving needs and providing faster delivery times on shipments. Significant investment has gone into developing SkyLog to help manage material flows and logistics through the Emirates ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Cargo Village to expand

Posted on 30/08/2004

The Abu Dhabi Cargo Village is poised for a second phase expansion due to significant growth in trucking services, new airlines and demand for more space by cargo dealers. The village handled 130,000 tonnes of freight in 2003 and this will more than double in the next five years, top officials of the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation said. "Abu Dhabi has developed an international reputation as a regional truck and cargo hub providing strategic land to air and sea services. Capable of ...  >>MORE

DPA handles 2.97m TEUs

Posted on 28/08/2004

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) handled a total of 2.97 million TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units) during the first six month of this year, registering a healthy growth of 23 per cent over the same period of last year. Imports during the first two quarters of this year grew by 36 per cent compared to the same period of last year amounting to 595,729 TEUs, while exports in the first half of this year stood at 319,284 TEUs, up 24 per cent over the corresponding period of last year. Empties ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo wins award for Best Cargo Airline

Posted on 31/07/2004

Emirates SkyCargo won the award for the best Cargo Airline to the Middle East for the seventh consecutive time at the Italian Air Cargo Market Conference, ANAMA, recently held in the Italian city of Milano. The ceremony was attended by a large number of operators in the sector of skycargo and from institutional bodies. 'The award comes as Emirates SkyCargo, the Dubai-based cargo division of the international carrier, continues its distinguished services as well as its rapid expansion to all ...  >>MORE

UAE ports in big expansion mode

Posted on 31/07/2004

As Gulf economies rapidly expand, year-on-year double-digit growth in container traffic has meant that ports have had to scramble to keep up with that growth. Most ports have undertaken large expansion projects in order to handle the ever-increasing traffic. Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) is investing Dh4.2 billion in expanding Jebel Ali port in a four-phased development - the largest in the region. In Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, the seaport's management is in the midst of its ambitious Dh2.82 ...  >>MORE

DNATA launches new cargo system

Posted on 28/07/2004

Chameleon - a new generation cargo ground handling system throughout its cargo operations has been launched by DNATA Cargo throughout its operations in Dubai. The new system and its benefits were unveiled to DNATA's customers at a special luncheon event held in Dubai today. Chameleon is an entirely new system developed by Mercator, the IT division of the Emirates Group. It is designed to transform the way cargo is handled throughout the freight and supply chain, harnessing the latest ...  >>MORE

FCA begins implementation of WTO's customs accord

Posted on 27/07/2004

The UAE Federal Customs Authority (FCA) has announced the implementation of the WTO's agreement for customs evaluation after it has met all legal and executive obligations of the World Trade Organisation. FCA General Manager Mohammed Al Mehairi said :''the agreement seeks to set up a unified, fair system to evaluate commodities. It will also protect interests of merchants and fight corruption and fraudulence in trade transactions'. 'We have finalized all the required measures including ...  >>MORE

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Gulf Maritime 2005 from April 18-20


Dubai Customs will pre-screen US containers


UAE, Morocco sign accord on Tangier port development


DPI signs 30 year concession with Fujairah Port Authority


Dubai Ports achieves growth rate of 20%


Dubai Ports to invest Dh1.15b in Busan facility


Cargo Village to expand as volume exceeds target


New book on 'Customs in the United Arab Emirates'


Dubai Ports invests Dh3.38b in Indian port


Dubai Creek Entry Customs handles 24,500 ships


DPI to manage Port in Indian state of Kerala


World's largest gantry cranes installed at Dubai Port


Dubai Cargo Village posts 21.92% growth in 2004


Ras al-Khaimah to extend and improve port in rapid phases


Khorfakkan Container Terminal expansion begins


Port Klang Free Zone to be completed in April


Dubai signs 21-year accord with Djibouti


DPI, Fujairah Port sign MoU on container yards


ADSA and DPI sign MoU on Port Zayed


Dubai Ports reports 24% growth in cargo handling


RAK to expand ports and cement plants


Dubai ports join anti-terror effort


Dubai Ports acquires nine terminals


Dubai Maritime City likely to be ready by next year


Dubai Cargo Village's through put to cross 1m tonnes this year


Dubai Ports record 24% growth in throughput


UAE seaports are the best in the region: Saeed bin Zayed


Ports generate more revenue in the UAE


Jadaf Dubai bi-annual figures for 2004 show overall rise


World largest container crane for export to UAE debuts in Shanghai


Dubai Ports' expansion of 1st phase nears completion


Emirates SkyCargo bolsters fleet


Emirates SkyCargo to add two more destinations


Libya to benefit from UAE's expertise in ports, free zones


SkyCargo adopts new ground handling system


Abu Dhabi Cargo Village to expand


DPA handles 2.97m TEUs


Emirates SkyCargo wins award for Best Cargo Airline


UAE ports in big expansion mode


DNATA launches new cargo system


FCA begins implementation of WTO's customs accord