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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - SEAPORTS & SHIPPING

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

RAK to build new port

Posted on 06/07/2003

The emirate's Port Saqr is to set up a new harbour which will specialise in container handling, said officials. Captain Ibrahim Al Tunaiji, the Port's executive manager, said the new port will be equipped with all the necessary infrastructure such as suitable platforms and giant cranes. He stressed the new port will improve the performance of the container trade in the emirate, which is expected to be one of the key areas for this kind of trade in the region. Saqr Port, he added, will ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ports container handling increases 17%

Posted on 05/07/2003

Khor Fakkan and Khalid Ports in Sharjah have increased in handling of the containers by 17 per cent to 77,0704 containers in the first half of this year compared to 658,210 in corresponding period last year. Khalid Port witnessed rise in handling oil containers in the same period by 18 per cent from 59,822 containers to 70,690 containers. While Khof Fakkan Port handled 598,388 containers last year compared to 700,114 containers in the first half of 2003. The rise in handling of the ...  >>MORE

PCFZC arms merged to form Dubai International

Posted on 02/07/2003

The Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation (PCFZC) has merged its international divisions -- Dubai Ports International (DPI) and Jebel Ali Free Zone International (JAFZI) -- to form a new entity, Dubai International. The new body will evaluate and pursue new projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia, according to a press release. "Dubai International combines the strengths, successes and expertise of the region's leading ports and free zone operators, DPA and JAFZA, for the ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo reaches out

Posted on 25/06/2003

Emirates SkyCargo's Boeing 747-400 freighters now fly to Amman every Monday at 5am, to handle the growing demand that exceeds the cargo capacity of its passenger aircraft that operates daily to Jordan's capital city. SkyCargo has in the past two months also launched operations to Chennai, India, and has added two new cargo-only routes to Bangalore in India and Taipei in Taiwan to the Emirates network. SkyCargo's B747-200 freighter now flies Dubai-Taipei-Bangalore-Dubai departing Dubai every ...  >>MORE

Success story of the Cargo Village

Posted on 23/06/2003

Twelve years ago, Dubai International Airport handled a cargo volume of 100,000 tons a year. On May 26, 1991, the Cargo Village opened next to the main airport building with four aircraft bays to accommodate 747s. Today, the village handles a staggering 850,000 tons of cargo a year and can cater to 17 aircraft at one time. Construction of the village started in 1990 and it was completed in 14 months at a cost of $75 million. In 1991, the village handled 10 cargo-dedicated airlines and today ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village posts 25pc growth

Posted on 20/06/2003

Dubai Cargo Village has registered a phenomenal 25 per cent growth in May, having handled a total of 77,000 tonnes of freight as compared to 62,000 tonnes during the same period last year. Total freight handled for the first-five months in 2003 was 367,000 tonnes. Despite the overall slump in the aviation industry, freight movement at Dubai Cargo Village has shown consistent and record-breaking growth. Ali Jallaf, Director, Dubai Cargo Village, said: "It is our aim to provide the highest ...  >>MORE

New Abu Dhabi Cargo Village expanding

Posted on 09/06/2003

Buoyed by growing cargo traffic, the newly opened Abu Dhabi Cargo Village is embarking on a Dh18 million second phase expansion, officials said yesterday. Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation, formally opened the new state-of-art Abu Dhabi Cargo Village. The Dh18 million phase one facility which became operational in mid-April has been fully occupied by local and international freight and logistics companies. The investment will be the same as ...  >>MORE

Two phases of Hamriyah internal harbour handed over

Posted on 10/05/2003

The construction of the Hamriyah internal harbour has made good progress with the completion and hand over of the first two phases at a total cost of Dh 75 million. " The project is a value added that is in line with the strategy aimed at making the Hamriyah free zone area a model at the Middle East level," Rashid Al Leem, Director General of the Free Zone said. He pointed out that the project was another starting point for marine industries and a complementary infrastructure project. Leem said ...  >>MORE

Outlook for DPA points to growth

Posted on 04/05/2003

This year promises to be another record breaking year for Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) in terms of container handling and general cargo, said Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, DPA managing director. In terms of container handling, DPA witnessed a 24 per cent increase in the first three months of this year. The figure includes a total of 1,156,790 TEUs compared with 935,145 TEUs in the same period last year. General cargo also continues to play an important role. DPA's general cargo figures have seen 31 ...  >>MORE

NMDC reports net profit of Dh56.8m

Posted on 03/05/2003

National Marine Dredging Co (NMDC), engaged in land reclamation and marine dredging, earned a net profit of Dh56.8 million for 2002, down 57 per cent compared with the previous year. The Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADSM)- listed company has declared a dividend of 35 per cent (Dh35 per share), the same as the previous year. "Although investment and other income showed a high increase, business revenue generated from marine dredging contracts fell considerably," a senior company official told ...  >>MORE

Dubai's ports rank 13th in the world

Posted on 27/04/2003

Dubai's ports ranked 13th among the world's top 30 ports last year, with a record of handling 4.19 million TEUs in 2002, up by 20 per cent from the previous year's 3.5 million TEUs, according to Ports C1 Yearbook. The outlook for Dubai ports' growth this year is that it will be much higher, due to prospects of heavy traffic to Iraq because of the upcoming reconstruction of the battered country, officials predicted at a conference, 'Shipping – Meeting the Challenge', organised by the UAE branch ...  >>MORE

DPA, GAC create 'cargo corridor' to Iraq

Posted on 20/04/2003

Gulf Agency Co (GAC) is handling 21,000 tonnes of bagged sugar loaded on MV Grand Ocean 1 from Brazil last week for Umm Qasr via Dubai, marking the creation of a corridor for aid cargo to Iraq via Dubai. Aid to Iraq is expected to be the largest humanitarian effort in history. It was announced that WFP has bought hundreds of thousands of tons of food and plans to deliver as much as 1.6 million tonnes of food aid to the entire Iraqi population over the next six months. The World Food Programme ...  >>MORE

Shipping firms gear up for Iraq services

Posted on 18/04/2003

Several shipping companies are working on launching feeder services to Iraq from Dubai in order to offer speedy shipment of commodities, according to sources in local shipping circles. Some of these companies are also working on chartering vessels of various capacities and tonnage to meet the requirement once shipping movements towards Umm Qasr begin. "The port is not open to commercial operations yet. We have been given the indication that it will probably be ready in a week or 10 days," ...  >>MORE

Shipping firms await post-war Iraq boom

Posted on 13/04/2003

Many shipping companies in the UAE are keeping their fingers crossed for the possible post-war boom that is expected to take place once the situation in Iraq settles down. Currently, only aid cargo is moving to Umm Qasr port, the only marine gateway to the Iraqi population of 25 million who have endured hardships under the UN sanctions. The U.S. has earmarked about $2.5 billion for commodities procurement and supplies out of a total $75 billion package recently approved by the U.S. Congress for ...  >>MORE

DPA handling up 24pc

Posted on 08/04/2003

Despite negative industry predictions, Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) handled 1,156,790 TEUs in the first quarter of this year, up by 24 per cent from 935,144 TEUs in the same period last year, said Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, DPA managing director. To ensure DPA's consistently high productivity levels as the masterplan gets underway, an additional two Super Post Panamax cranes were delivered to Jebel Ali terminal during March, bringing the total of quayside cranes to 28 between Jebel Ali (21 ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village secures top award

Posted on 06/04/2003

Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) has been voted Best Airport Middle East for its cargo facilities and services at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Award (AFSCA) for the tenth consecutive year. Ali Al Jallaf, DCV director, received the award in Singapore. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Department and Chairman of Emirates, said: "This achievement has come as a result of the supporting environment provided by the Government of Dubai to the Department of Civil Aviation. Standing ...  >>MORE

Shippers hike war risk freight fees to Gulf

Posted on 03/04/2003

Major shipping lines serving the northern Gulf region have raised war risk fees by 22 per cent since war broke out in Iraq but the effect on international trade has been minimal, an industry body said yesterday. Costs have trickled down to the bottom line after leading insurers raised the cost of war cover for vessels last week. "Prices have most certainly gone up to Kuwait and destinations to Iran, but increases for the bulk of the Gulf's trade has been very small - I was really quite ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports Authority wins award

Posted on 31/03/2003

For the ninth consecutive year, the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA), has won the "Best Port in the Middle East” award, it was announced during the 17th Asian Cargo Import and Export Award ceremony, held recently in Singapore. Muhammad Sharaf, Deputy Director General of the DPA described the award as "a big incentive not only for the DPA but also for other leading establishments, which are capable of facing challenges.” Organisers of the award, who are experts in the cargo industry, evaluated the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports expansion is well underway

Posted on 30/03/2003

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) has completed ahead of schedule the development of berth 11 and extension of its corresponding container yard area at Jebel Ali, in addition to further container storage areas at neighbouring berths, as part of the Master Plan announced in January. The development and expansion project is in response to the phenomenal growth in business that DPA has witnessed over the last two years, and mirrors DPA's unflinching belief in real and expected regional growth. To ...  >>MORE

Hamriyah FZ attracts funds worth Dh350m

Posted on 30/03/2003

The Inner Harbour complex at Sharjah's Hamriyah Free Zone has won investments worth Dh350 million after recently signing on seven new sizeable projects. The ambitious Dh75 million inner harbour project was launched by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on February 6. "The freshly leased areas total 170,000 square metres, and bring to 62 per cent the overall leased area available to let at the complex," Eng Rashid Al Leem, ...  >>MORE

DPI's container throughput rises

Posted on 26/03/2003

Throughput handled by Dubai Ports International (DPI) reached 5.27 million TEUs, including 4.19 million handled by Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) in 2002. The figure includes ports under the management of DPA. DPI-managed South Container Terminal in Jeddah Islamic Port accounted for 898,761 TEUs, the Port of Djibouti contributed 177,954 TEUs, and the rest was handled by DPA in Dubai. In addition to four Super Post Panamax cranes delivered to Jeddah last year, an additional two Super Post ...  >>MORE

Boat Show ends with Dh16m deals

Posted on 23/03/2003

Deals in excess of Dh16 million (US$4.35 m) were concluded with the sale of 26 craft during the 11th Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), organised by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) that ended yesterday at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Boat building was one of Dubai's oldest traditions and now the emirate and the region is gaining ground with higher ratios of pleasure craft per capita that have served to attract an increasing number of international exhibitors to the event as well ...  >>MORE

Insurers stop covering Iraq cargo

Posted on 09/03/2003

Leading local and International insurers in the UAE have stopped underwriting marine cargo risks on shipments headed for Iraq, according to senior industry sources. "Taking on such risks is no longer viable taking into consideration the heightened possibility of a war in Iraq, and especially given the new deadline of March 17 set by the U.S. and UK on a new UN resolution," said a marine underwriter at one of the bigger insurers here. Another factor forcing the insurer's hands is the delay in ...  >>MORE

Cargo charges to go up from March 1

Posted on 24/02/2003

To cover the cost of an Iraq war risk insurance premium, all airlines will impose a fuel surcharge of US$0.10 to US$0.15 per kilo (or equivalent in local currencies) starting March 1, the Dubai Cargo Subcommittee told Gulf News. Local cargo charges will consequently be 55 fils per kilo on European, East Asian and U.S. routes and 30 fils per kilo on Middle East routes, said Abdullah Shawoosh, Gulf Air UAE cargo manager. Meanwhile, British Airways will reduce its daily Dubai-London flights from ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Port status boosted by traffic rise says report

Posted on 23/02/2003

Fujairah port has consolidated its position as the leading multipurpose port on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates following a significant increase in both tonnage and vessels handled during last year, according to a report published by Lloyds List yesterday. The report stated that total cargo tonnage throughput rose by 4.5% compared with 2001 to reach just under 21m tons, largely as a result of additional export shipments of rock aggregate. "Traffic in this commodity, which is shipped ...  >>MORE

UASC invests Dh1b to buy 10 new ships

Posted on 15/02/2003

United Arab Shipping Co (UASC), jointly owned by the Gulf states, is investing Dh1 billion to acquire 10 new ships this year, according to a senior company official. The company, which had a fleet of 56 ships until recently, is in the process of scrapping and replacing its 32-K class ships. The 10 new ships will be of A-4 class with a capacity of 4,000 TEUs each. It has nine A-2 class with capacity of 2,000 TEUs. The company now owns and operates 35 ocean-going vessels in its fleet. "The ...  >>MORE

Fujairah port awards expansion deal

Posted on 04/02/2003

Fujairah port has recently awarded the multi-million dollar Phase II expansion work to Six Construct, according to a senior official. The port's expansion comes at a time when the fear of war against Iraq is expected to put additional pressure on the East Coast ports, mainly Fujairah, which has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. The 25-month contract to Six Construct, to carry out the construction of a 600-metre quay that will increase the length of the existing quay to 1.4 ...  >>MORE

DPA handles bulk of UAE's containers

Posted on 02/02/2003

The three ports managed by the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) handles about 65 per cent of the UAE's total container traffic, said a senior government official while announcing the details of the forthcoming Seatrade Middle East Maritime convention and exhibition to be held in Dubai from February 3 to 5. "Dubai's three ports, Jebel Ali, Port Rashid and Hamriyah Ports together handle 65 per cent of the UAE's bulk cargo," said Anwar Wajdi, Chief Director, Commercial, DPA. "Despite what is ...  >>MORE

Sharjah ports report 15.95pc jump in container throughput

Posted on 31/01/2003

Container throughput recorded by the twin Sharjah ports at Khor Fakkan and Mina Khalid jumped 15.95 per cent in 2002 to total 1.39 million TEU, as per data issued by Gulftainer Co Ltd, which manages the ports on behalf of Sharjah Ports Authority. The heartening performance came on the back of a 7.53 per cent rise in 2001 to 1.2 million TEU, a 3.43 per cent uptick in 2000 to 1.12 million TEU, and a sharp 24.97 per cent jump in 1999 to 1.08 million, the first time it broke the million barrier. ...  >>MORE

Gulf Craft marks 20th anniversary, plans new UAQ facility

Posted on 30/01/2003

Ajman - Gulf Craft, one of the largest boat and yacht manufacturers in the Middle East, announced today it will open later this year a Dh 30 million facility in Umm Al Qaiwain to make VIP yachts. 'The new factory in Umm Al Qaiwain will make luxury yachts in 40 feet to 150-feet-size categories,' said Mohammed bin Hussein Al Shaali, managing director of Gulf Craft, at special ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the company. The function, held at the company's factory here, was attended by ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to open new US$8 million port in July

Posted on 29/01/2003

Sharjah will open the fourth port in the emirate in July, a new US$8 million Inland Container Depot, ICD, in addition to the existing Mina Khalid, Hamriyah (Sharjah) and Khorfakkan ports. Located in the centre of expanding Sharjah Industrial Zone, the new 150,000 square metres complex will be capable of holding 18,000 TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units). The depot will have direct and easy access to the Khorfakkan road and the new Emirates highway linking the Northern Emirates. The new ...  >>MORE

DPA's Dh 4.2b development plan to expand Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 27/01/2003

Sultan bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, announced yesterday at a dedicated meeting for Dubai Ports Authority customers, an extensive development plan to expand Jebel Ali Port. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister attended part of the meeting held in Dubai. The development of the master plan involves four phases with a total investment of Dh 4.2 billion. On the completion of all phases, Jebel Ali port ...  >>MORE

Dubai to develop Caribbean facilities

Posted on 23/01/2003

Dubai's ports and free zone units will oversee an "extensive development of port and free zone infrastructure and facilities" in the Caribbean's Dominican Republic, highlighting strategic offshore management capabilities which confirm the emirate as a truly global player. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, executive chairman, Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp, signed in Dubai a concession agreement on behalf of Jebel Ali Free Zone International (Jafzi) and Dubai Ports International (DPI) - the ...  >>MORE

DPA set to unveil major expansion

Posted on 21/01/2003

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) is expected to shortly announce a major expansion programme. "The port is undergoing major expansions which will be discussed in a few days," said Sultan bin Sulayem, executive chairman, Ports Customs and Free Zones Corp (PCFC). DPA comes under PCFC. He pointed out that Dubai is set to grow with the ongoing airport expansion and now the ports. "The accelerated pace of development reflected in huge construction and airport expansion products across the Gulf has ...  >>MORE

Traffic surges at Fujairah port

Posted on 20/01/2003

The Port of Fujairah recorded a 41 per cent increase in calls by vessels last year compared to 2001, in addition to a significant increase in tonnage handling. Port authorities yesterday said 1,957 vessels called during 2002, giving the port regular periods of 'berth congestion' throughout last year. Capt Mousa Murad, general manager, said: "The port, which operated with 800 metres of main quay during most months of 2002, has finalised its development programme. It has been extended by a ...  >>MORE

UAE in maritime body 'White List'

Posted on 12/01/2003

The UAE has been included in the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 'White List'. The IMO, which certifies seamanship standards around the world, has placed the UAE in its 'White List' of approved countries for giving full effect to the provisions of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCWS), said Abdullah Lootah, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Communications. "Achieving a White List status was by no means easy as the ministry has made ...  >>MORE

UAE's free zones host 4,000 firms

Posted on 09/01/2003

The 15 free zones operating in the UAE host over 4,000 companies, including over 2,300 in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafz) alone, according to a senior Jafz official. Abdullah Lootah, senior manager of Jafz, also said the 40 square kilometre South Zone of Jafz will open for business later this year. Together, it will create over 100 square kilometres of space in Jafz, he said. Lootah said, "There are over 4,000 companies currently in operation and registration in the UAE's free zones and Jafz ...  >>MORE

DPA's overall tonnage rose 10pc last year

Posted on 04/01/2003

Dubai's twin ports Jebel Ali Port and Port Rashid handled 4.1 million TEUs (twenty feet equivalent units) and 51 million tonnes of general cargo during last year, with overall tonnage in 2002 recording a 10 per cent increase over the previous year, Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) announced in a statement last week. The considerable last year's increase of 600,000TEUs over the year 2001, best known for the overall recession of the world economies and ill-fated September 11 events, comes as no ...  >>MORE

UAE begins levying 5pc duty

Posted on 01/01/2003

The UAE customs authorities today began levying 5 per cent tax on imported goods under the new GCC customs union which was endorsed by President His Highness Sheikh Bayed bin Sultan Al Nahant, under the federal law no.19/2002. Abu Dhabi and Dubai Customs have issued internal circulars instructing their departments to starting collecting the duty. Abu Dhabi Customs circular no. 84/2002 instructed employees to start collecting the duty, and exempted its levy on the goods specified in the GCC ...  >>MORE

Third Quarter 2002 Review: Dubai ports head for record 3.8m TEU throughput

Posted on 01/01/2003

The third quarter of 2002 was dominated by the freehold sale of properties to expatriates as EMAAR Properties began selling residential villas and apartments directly to customers during this period. This went on to dominate the last quarter of the year as well with the launch of the Meadows, the Greens, the Springs, Dubai Marina towers and finally, the Arabian Ranches - a new landscaped neighbourhood for upmarket clients. With these developments, EMAAR managed to set a new trend in Dubai's ...  >>MORE

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Shippers protest high tariffs at Iraq port


RAK to build new port


Sharjah Ports container handling increases 17%


PCFZC arms merged to form Dubai International


Emirates SkyCargo reaches out


Success story of the Cargo Village


Dubai Cargo Village posts 25pc growth


New Abu Dhabi Cargo Village expanding


Two phases of Hamriyah internal harbour handed over


Outlook for DPA points to growth


NMDC reports net profit of Dh56.8m


Dubai's ports rank 13th in the world


DPA, GAC create 'cargo corridor' to Iraq


Shipping firms gear up for Iraq services


Shipping firms await post-war Iraq boom


DPA handling up 24pc


Dubai Cargo Village secures top award


Shippers hike war risk freight fees to Gulf


Dubai Ports Authority wins award


Dubai Ports expansion is well underway


Hamriyah FZ attracts funds worth Dh350m


DPI's container throughput rises


Boat Show ends with Dh16m deals


Insurers stop covering Iraq cargo


Cargo charges to go up from March 1


Fujairah Port status boosted by traffic rise says report


UASC invests Dh1b to buy 10 new ships


Fujairah port awards expansion deal


DPA handles bulk of UAE's containers


Sharjah ports report 15.95pc jump in container throughput


Gulf Craft marks 20th anniversary, plans new UAQ facility


Sharjah to open new US$8 million port in July


DPA's Dh 4.2b development plan to expand Jebel Ali Port


Dubai to develop Caribbean facilities


DPA set to unveil major expansion


Traffic surges at Fujairah port


UAE in maritime body 'White List'


UAE's free zones host 4,000 firms


DPA's overall tonnage rose 10pc last year


UAE begins levying 5pc duty


Third Quarter 2002 Review: Dubai ports head for record 3.8m TEU throughput