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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - SEAPORTS & SHIPPING

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

Dubai vessel traffic totals 12, 523 in six months

Posted on 18/07/2004

Dubai Customs has handled 12, 523 ships and boat in the first half of 2004 indicating a high trade turnout. The Dubai Creek Entry Customs Centre witnessed an active flow of marine traffic in the first half of this year. On top of the origins list was Iran with 9,034 boats arriving from or heading to it while the neighbouring Dubai Ports presented the origin of destination of another 1286 ships and 887 were headed to ports in the Emirates itself. The remaining 11 per cent of the traffic was ...  >>MORE

RAK to have new US$45m terminal

Posted on 17/07/2004

Ras al-Khaimah has awarded Kuwaiti firm KGL a US$45 million contract to build, operate and manage the container terminal at Saqr Port for 21 years. The contract, signed yesterday by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Esmail Dashti, Board chairman of the Kuwait and Gulf Transport Company on behalf of KGL, called for investing US$15 million to build berths 8 and 9, US$4 million to reconstruct berths 1, 2 and 3 and US$3 million to build facilities ...  >>MORE

Sharjah ports achieve ISPS status

Posted on 06/07/2004

Sharjah Ports Authority is now officially rated as being among the most secure port operators in the world. "After months of hard work and detailed examination of procedures all Sharjah ports and terminals have been certified as complying with the tough new International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) regulations on schedule by 1st July 2004," Issa Juma'a Al Mutawa'a, director general of Sharjah Seaports and Customs, told WAM yesterday. According to him, "these tough new international rules are ...  >>MORE

Dubai International breaks the ground for Malaysian free zone

Posted on 05/07/2004

Dubai International (DI) has formally broken ground for a free zone next to Port Kalang in Malaysia (PKFZ) under a 15-year management contract within one month since the launching of Djibouti Free Zone. Dato Seri Najib Razaq, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Sultan bin Sulayem, PCFC Executive Chairman, Mohammed Sharaf, Managing Director of DI and a number of high-ranking officials, dignitaries and businessmen, attended the ceremony. The Malaysian government is investing US$520 millions (Dh2 ...  >>MORE

Dubai ports become ISPS code compliant

Posted on 04/07/2004

Port Rashid and Jebel Ali Port have become the first two ports in the UAE to receive the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code certificate, Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) officials said. "Port Rashid and Jebel Ali Ports have been certified with serial numbers 1 and 2 for the ISPS Code by the Ministry of Interior," a DPA official told Gulf News yesterday. "Our ports are now fully ISPS code-compliant." The ISPS Code was adopted, along with other maritime security measures, at ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo declared Air Cargo Carrier of the Year

Posted on 27/06/2004

Emirates SkyCargo won the Air Cargo Carrier of the Year prize at the IFW (International Freighting Weekly) Awards held in London recently. A panel of senior figures drawn from several global cargo companies chose Emirates SkyCargo from a shortlist of international air cargo carriers. Emirates SkyCargo now serves a global network of 76 destinations in 54 countries, including 21 destinations with its five freighter aircraft. Since January, it has introduced services to Lagos and Accra in West ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports on track to comply with ISPS code

Posted on 20/06/2004

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) is carrying out a comprehensive Port Facilities Security Assessment (PFSA) based on a security survey, to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, according to a DPA spokesperson. Most ships risk being banned from the world's 6,000 ports as well as loss of insurance unless they comply with the latest anti-terrorist measures under the ISPS code as the July 1 deadline nears, according to a report in "Gulf News.” Under the ISPS ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports wins Best Port in the ME title

Posted on 16/06/2004

The Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, won the Best Port in the Middle East title for the 10th consecutive year. The prize was given to the DPA during the 18th cycle of the Asia Shipping and Imports Prize recently held in Shanghai. The DPA won the first prize in 1995 and lately won the Dubai Quality Award 2003. More than 13,000 readers of Cargo New Asia voted for the best port title among 34 categories. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

DPA expects 2opc growth in container throughput

Posted on 25/05/2004

Container throughput in Dubai Ports Authority's three ports could post over 20 per cent growth this year, according to a senior DPA official. The organisation, which manages Jebel Ali, Port Rashid and Hamriyah, last year posted a 23 per cent growth in container throughput. Anwar Wajdi, DPA's commercial director, said, "With the current flow of containerised cargo, I can easily say that this year also we will post more than 20 per cent growth in throughput. Wajdi said the Dh4.2 billion ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo wins another laurel

Posted on 23/05/2004

Emirates SkyCargo has won another Best Air Cargo Carrier – Middle East award – this time from Cargo News Asia at The Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2004 held in Shanghai during the recent Air Cargo China 2004. The award was conferred on the cargo division of Emirates, in recognition of its service standards, innovation and flexibility. The honour comes as Emirates SkyCargo continues its rapid expansion worldwide. It has already launched five new routes this year, with more in the offing ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village wins top award second time

Posted on 11/05/2004

Dubai Cargo Village has won one of the industry's top awards for a second successive year. It was named the Best Airport in the Middle East for its cargo facilities and services. Ali Al Jallaf, director of the Dubai Cargo Village, accepted the award at the Air Cargonews, UK awards ceremony in London last week, according to a report in "Gulf News.” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, said: "This achievement has come as a result of ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo wins award for Best Cargo Airline

Posted on 10/05/2004

Emirates SkyCargo won the award for Best Cargo Airline to the Middle East, for the 16th time in a row, and Best Cargo Airline to the subcontinent, for the sixth consecutive time, at the Cargo Airline of the Year Awards held in London. The Dubai Cargo Village, which plays such a vital role in Emirates SkyCargo's global growth, was also honoured as Best Middle East Cargo Airport, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. The awards come as Emirates SkyCargo, the Dubai-based cargo division of the ...  >>MORE

Combined Cargo reports strong profit growth in 2003

Posted on 04/05/2004

Net profits at Combined Cargo UAE (CCU) - the Abu Dhabi-based ship investment joint venture set up by UOG in late 1997 - went up by 124 percent to AED 23.38 million (US$6.37 million) in 2003 from AED 10.42 million (US$2.84 million) in the previous year. The strong performance was due to extremely high rates for dry bulk transportation that pushed up CCU's total revenues by 31 percent to AED 103.63 million (US$28.23 million) from AED 79.33 million (US$21.61 million) in 2002, according to a ...  >>MORE

Oman, UAE to set up shipping firm in May

Posted on 27/04/2004

State-run Oman Oil Company (OOC) and its partners in the UAE plans to form a shipping company to transport petrochemical products from the Gulf region. OOC will establish Gulf Energy Maritime Shipping Company (GEM) with UAE firms Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC). The fourth partner will be France's Thales International Offsets. "The new shipping company will be incorporated in the UAE. This investment is driven by what we see as a ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to start direct freighter services to two cities

Posted on 31/03/2004

Emirates SkyCargo will start direct freighter services from Dubai to Budapest and Bangalore on April 2 and 6. On both routes SkyCargo will operate the B747-200F, which has a payload of 100 tonnes. The Budapest service will expand Emirates' route network to 75 destinations in 53 countries. It will also be SkyCargo's fourth cargo-only destination in Europe after Amsterdam, Liege and Gothenburg. Operating on a once-weekly circle route Dubai-Budapest-Milan-Dubai, the new service will add cargo ...  >>MORE

DPI wins 38-year deal to operate Indian port

Posted on 28/03/2004

Dubai Ports International (DPI) - the overseas port management arm of Dubai Ports Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) - has won a 38-year concession to manage, operate and develop the Rajiv Gandhi Container Terminal (RCGT) in the southern Indian port of Kochi on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. This is DPI's fifth successful bid to operate overseas ports, after securing the contracts for Jeddah Islamic Port, Djibouti, Constanza and Vishakhapatnam. DPI is considered a strong ...  >>MORE

New ferry service from Ajman to Iraq

Posted on 24/03/2004

A ferry service from Ajman to Iraq was inaugurated yesterday, improving access to the nation. Regular flights to Iraq have been suspended since the invasion. The ferry service is expected to transport over 2,000 passengers every week. Most passengers are expected to be Shiite pilgrims from the Indian sub-continent, Iraqis and expatriate businessmen from the UAE. Pilgrims can get visas through travel agencies in the UAE. The service was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

DPI to bid for Iraqi port management

Posted on 22/03/2004

Dubai Ports International (DPI) will bid for the management and operation of the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, currently managed by Stevedoring Services of America, once the US authorities put the contract out to open tender later this year, a top official from DPI confirmed. The move follows Dubai Ports Authority's (DPA) expectations that its international port management arm will see its volumes exceed those handled domestically by the end of this decade, despite annual double-digit growth in ...  >>MORE

DTCM taking part in Miami cruise shipping convention

Posted on 15/03/2004

The Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM, with its seven co-participants is participating in the sixth consecutive year in the Sea Trade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami, Florida, USA today, March 15 to 18. DTCM Acting Manager Cruise Terminal, Awadh Al Seghayer said: "After winning accolades in the event during previous participations where the Dubai Cruise Terminal bagged the most improved port facilities' award and 'Best new terminal building' award, this year we will again ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports undertakes US$30m project in Djibouti

Posted on 07/03/2004

Dubai Ports International (DPI), part of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. (PCFC), is working closely with the Government of Djibouti and developing a master plan for Djibouti and Doraleh with a total investment of US$30 million. Mohammed Sharaf, managing director of DPI, said: "This huge plan will encompass a vision for the development of a container terminal, free zone and logistics centre and an oil terminal in Doraleh. "In the initial stage, DPI will create a deep water oil ...  >>MORE

DPA shortlisted for US$1b Iraqi five-port contract

Posted on 03/03/2004

Dubai Ports Authority, Maersk, P&O and a Kuwait-Iraq joint venture have been shortlisted for a US$1 billion, 10-year contract to manage and develop five Iraqi ports. In a surprise development, the original tender floated by Iraqi authorities inviting expression of interest, has been withdrawn in favour of a new, more comprehensive version. The original "fell short of specifying the details of the scope of work", said Simon E. White, director of business development for Mushrif Contracting Co. ...  >>MORE

US deems Dubai port safest in Middle East

Posted on 14/02/2004

Seaports in Dubai are the only ports in the Middle East deemed safe by the US. This was revealed by Douglas Browning, US Deputy Customs Commissioner, at a conference on regional security and transportation held in Cairo. Quoting Browning, the Pan-Arab Al Sharq Al Awsat published recently a list compiled by the US of what they considered to be safe ports from which to receive containers. Of the 20 ports on the global list Dubai was the only port in the Middle East. Browning said the ports ...  >>MORE

DCV sets one million tonne target this year

Posted on 27/01/2004

The Dubai Cargo Village, DCV, will expedite the construction of its mega terminal and try to finish part of it ahead of schedule this year, to meet its set goal of one million tonne target of the year. "We hope to touch the one million tonne mark by September this year,” Abdulla Mohammed bin Khediya, General Manager, DCV, told Gulf News daily. "By the end of this year we will have over one million tonnes of cargo moved through DCV.” Last year, the Village handled over 956,000 tonnes of ...  >>MORE

Container traffic through Dubai up 23pc in 2003

Posted on 26/01/2004

Container traffic through Dubai Port jumped 23 per cent last year as trading patterns through the international hub shifted dramatically. The port has undergone a huge change and is becoming less and less a transshipment port - serving other destinations - and more and more a local import-export hub for industry and trade in Dubai and neighbouring emirates. A source close to the Dubai Port Authority told Gulf News exclusively that the port's traditional role as a transshipment hub for the ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans to open mega terminal early

Posted on 07/01/2004

The Dubai Cargo Village is planning to speed up the first phase of the mega terminal to complete it by the end of 2005 or early 2006. It plans to invest US$200 million in the project in four phases. Abdullah Mohammed bin Khediya, general manager, said when the final phase was over it would be able to hold four million tonnes more cargo. The decision to go faster was taken in the wake of a very encouraging performance last year, a difficult period for the industry. The village handled 21 per ...  >>MORE

Port Saeed area to get a facelift

Posted on 29/12/2003

Dubai Municipality is redesigning the Port Saeed area of Dubai with the objective of turning the area into a well-developed, modern neighbourhood. The project seeks to develop the urban environment of Port Saeed, totalling 30,000 hectares, by providing plots where outstanding projects can be set up, thereby increasing their financial returns. The municipality has held a meeting with landlords in the area, which is surrounded by Al Ittihad Road, Al Muraqabat Road, Abu Bakr Al Siddique Road, and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports secures major Romanian deal

Posted on 07/12/2003

Dubai Ports International (DPI) has won the management contract for the new container terminal in Romania's Port of Constanza — making it the first contract for the Dubai organisation in Europe. The others in the bidding were Contship Italia, Dragados of Spain, HiliPort of Malta, and local bidders. The terminal will be the biggest on the Black Sea and DPI's contract involves an 18-year rental concession. Operations at the new terminal are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2004. ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo to get A340-500 boost

Posted on 20/11/2003

Emirates SkyCargo will shortly start services with the new A340-500 aircraft, utilising it on the Sydney/Auckland routes from December 1. It is designed to accommodate six pallets and 12 containers, with a capacity of 16 tonnes of cargo or 90 cubic metres with a full passenger load. "With the A340-500 servicing Sydney and Auckland, retailers in both cities and their hinterlands can now plan and stock consumer goods using just-in-time methods," said Peter Sedgley, vice-president for cargo ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to build new port terminal

Posted on 15/11/2003

Fujairah port will commission its 820-metre terminal by early 2005 which will be able to accommodate two vessels up to 180,000 dwt or a Suezmax tanker. According to Captain Moosa Murad, general manager of Fujairah Port, the new terminal and onshore bunker storage facility being built at the port has generated lots of interest among potential investors from across the world. He said: "Fujairah Port has received lots of inquiries, but we are very selective and will decide soon about the new ...  >>MORE

DCV cargo handling rose 19pc last month

Posted on 12/11/2003

Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) handled the highest since its inception registered total of 89.8 million tonnes of cargo last month, recording 19.23 per cent growth over the same period of last year. This is the highest ever tonnage handled in a single month at DCV. Imports last month increased by 18.94 per cent to 48.2 million tonnes last month from 40.5 million tonnes in October last year, while exports increased by 20.74 per cent to 39.7 million tonnes and transhipments grew by 23.27 per cent to ...  >>MORE

DCV ranked 18th among world cargo centres

Posted on 06/11/2003

Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) has been ranked 18th among the world cargo centres by the Airports Council International report in June this year. For the previous six months DCV was ranked 19th in terms of volume. Ali Al Jallaf, director DCV said: 'Cargo Village takes great pride in the achievement and will continue to provide high standard of services and facilities to its clients. DCV is ranked top among the Middle East cargo centres," according to the "Khaleej Times.” Currently, more than 100 air ...  >>MORE

Dubai air cargo volumes set to surge

Posted on 30/09/2003

Cargo throughput at the Dubai International Airport is set to cross 920,000 metric tonnes by the end of this year, up from last year's 860,000 metric tonnes, according to a senior official. This is expected to cross one million metric tonnes in 2004. Construction of the new cargo terminal for Emirates SkyCargo will also begin soon, under the development plan of the Department of Civil Aviation which is spending US$4.1 billion in expansion of Dubai airport. Bulk carried by Emirates Skycargo ...  >>MORE

New terminal coming up at Mina Zayed

Posted on 27/09/2003

To meet growing container traffic, a new container terminal is being constructed at Mina Zayed with an estimated investment of Dh400 million. The new terminal will have berths to accommodate two ships with a length of 650 metres and a depth of 17 metres. The project also involves construction of an administration building and several other buildings. Super cranes will also be installed at the new terminal. "The new terminal is being set up to handle increased container shipments which is ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs launches modernisation scheme

Posted on 21/09/2003

Dubai has become the first country in the Arab world to launch a new programme aiming at developing and modernising all the departments and sections within Dubai Customs. The Reform and Modernisation Programme, which will last for three years starting from January next year till September 2006, is designed in accordance with the international developments in economy and commerce as well as international agreements and modern technologies. Speaking at the launch of the programme, Sultan ...  >>MORE

UAE seaports set to meet world container port traffic demand

Posted on 07/09/2003

The UAE seaports are well geared to meet the surge in world container port traffic with ambitious plans under way to meet the impending boom. According to shipping industry sources, world container port traffic is projected to take a quantum leap by over 80 per cent between now and the year 2010, that caps the growth rate of a near 70 per cent between 1995 and 2001. This is expected to push up the demand for mega vessels with shipping giants already evincing interest in vessels of capacity of ...  >>MORE

Mina Zayed set to double container handling

Posted on 26/08/2003

Mina Zayed is set to nearly double its container handling capacity with plans to expand the harbour and build a new container terminal with 650-metre length ship berth, said a top official of Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority. Container traffic at Mina Zayed is on the rise reflecting predictions by shipping analysts of an enormous upturn worldwide over the next eight years. In 2002 container traffic throughout the world registered a growth rate of 16 per cent with Mina Zayed among the ports leading ...  >>MORE

Dubai ports, free zone register big rise in activities

Posted on 05/08/2003

The Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, has achieved 24 per cent growth in the container handling sector during the first half of this year through the Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. According to Jamal Majid bin Thunayyah, DPA Director General, Dubai ports had handled from January to June this year 2,406,020 standard containers against 1,936,247 containers last year. He said import within the same period rose by 18 per cent, while export rose by 27 per cent. He attributed the reason ...  >>MORE

World container port traffic set for 74pc growth

Posted on 21/07/2003

World container port traffic is predicted to increase by 74 per cent to 92 per cent by 2010, according to a recent report by Ocean Shipping Consultants (OCS). This growth follows a 69 per cent increase in traffic between 1995 and 2001. The report also predicts that container terminals in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent will be areas of under-capacity, considering the predicted growth figures. The increase in orders for the next-generation mega-vessels by global shipping lines will ...  >>MORE

Sharjah scores on aircargo unloading

Posted on 21/07/2003

The Sharjah International Airport on Sunday said that it recently handled a 40-tonne shipment flown in by Panalpina IL 76 from France, proving the airport's expertise in handling big shipments. The entire shipment, which included machinery parts for Al Kamil Power Company, was offloaded from the aircraft and transported to landside ready for delivery within 45 minutes of the flight arrival, a press statement from the airport said. The entire loading finished after the customs formalities ...  >>MORE

Shippers protest high tariffs at Iraq port

Posted on 07/07/2003

Local shippers have accused the SSA Marine, which operates Iraq's only deepwater seaport at Umm Qasr, for charging excess fees in handling and discharging aid cargo, despite having inferior infrastructure and equipment. In a recently-published document, Basra-based Iraqi Port Authority run by Seattle-based Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), has announced its new timing, working hours and cargo handling tariff, a copy of which was made available to Gulf News. According to the new tariff ...  >>MORE

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FCA begins implementation of WTO's customs accord


Dubai vessel traffic totals 12, 523 in six months


RAK to have new US$45m terminal


Sharjah ports achieve ISPS status


Dubai International breaks the ground for Malaysian free zone


Dubai ports become ISPS code compliant


Emirates SkyCargo declared Air Cargo Carrier of the Year


Dubai Ports on track to comply with ISPS code


Dubai Ports wins Best Port in the ME title


DPA expects 2opc growth in container throughput


Emirates SkyCargo wins another laurel


Dubai Cargo Village wins top award second time


Emirates SkyCargo wins award for Best Cargo Airline


Combined Cargo reports strong profit growth in 2003


Oman, UAE to set up shipping firm in May


Emirates set to start direct freighter services to two cities


DPI wins 38-year deal to operate Indian port


New ferry service from Ajman to Iraq


DPI to bid for Iraqi port management


DTCM taking part in Miami cruise shipping convention


Dubai Ports undertakes US$30m project in Djibouti


DPA shortlisted for US$1b Iraqi five-port contract


US deems Dubai port safest in Middle East


DCV sets one million tonne target this year


Container traffic through Dubai up 23pc in 2003


Dubai plans to open mega terminal early


Port Saeed area to get a facelift


Dubai Ports secures major Romanian deal


Emirates SkyCargo to get A340-500 boost


Fujairah to build new port terminal


DCV cargo handling rose 19pc last month


DCV ranked 18th among world cargo centres


Dubai air cargo volumes set to surge


New terminal coming up at Mina Zayed


Dubai Customs launches modernisation scheme


UAE seaports set to meet world container port traffic demand


Mina Zayed set to double container handling


Dubai ports, free zone register big rise in activities


World container port traffic set for 74pc growth


Sharjah scores on aircargo unloading


Shippers protest high tariffs at Iraq port