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Fujairah ports post robust growth

Posted on 21/12/2001

Fujairah and Dibba Al Fujairah ports have recorded up to 50 per cent increases in oil and bulk cargo handled by the two terminals during 2000, compared to in 1999. Fujairah port loaded and unloaded around 7.2 million tonnes of oil during 2000, compared to 3.9 million tonnes in 1999 and 1.4 million tonnes in 1998, said a port official. The Port of Fujairah also handled loading and unloading operations of 3.9 million tonnes of bulk cargo, compared to 2.9 million tonnes in 1999 and 2.1 ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports - National day 2001

Posted on 01/12/2001

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued in April 2001, a decree to merge Dubai ports, customs and free zone to respond to the need of business society in Dubai and to establish a strong entity capable of facing market demands and to enhance the presence of the UAE in general and Dubai in particular at regional and international levels. Dubai ports were internationally recognised by their distinguished role in the Middle East this ...  >>MORE

Ajman port likely to add berths

Posted on 20/11/2001

Ajman port is in for an expansion. Emirates Port Services (EPS), which has bagged a 10-year contract to manage the port, has appointed Dubai-based Halcrow to carry out a study on expansion prospects. Hameed Ibrahim, director of EPS, said Ajman port was planning to increase the number of berths from 14 to 16, subject to the proposals from Halcrow, expected to be ready within two months. Dredging to a draft of 10.5 metres from 8 metres is also on the cards, as are warehouse and building ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports transactions rise 23% to 68,364

Posted on 20/11/2001

Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation processed a total of 68,364 transactions weighing 339,450 tonnes in the last nine months at its Land Transport Customs Centre. A report issued by the Centre said that its transaction achievement percentage was up by 23 per cent during the last nine months compared to the same period last year. It also reported an increase of 18 per cent in the total weight of goods exported and imported and 19 per cent in the number of vehicles and trucks that ...  >>MORE

DPA plans more berths in Jebel Ali

Posted on 03/10/2001

DPA plans to build more berths in Jebel Ali port - which already has 67 berths - to accommodate the growing cargo traffic. "The business is growing in Jebel Ali and the existing berths are not sufficient to handle the cargo coming to Jebel Ali," said Sultan bin Sulayem, chief executive of the Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corp. He said DPA is making substantial investments in acquiring an extensive range of cargo handling equipment for its ports in Jebel Ali and Port Rashid. The ...  >>MORE

Lines levy war premium at US$150 per TEU

Posted on 02/10/2001

Several shipping lines have started implementing since yesterday a higher-than-expected war risk premium at US$150 per TEU for calls at Gulf ports -even as cracks have begun to appear in the standard premium by most airlines operating out of the UAE. Both shipping and airline war risk premiums or surcharges on users were to come into effect from yesterday - which they did, but not as expected or announced. Mainline shipping companies were expected to charge US$100 per TEU (20-foot container), ...  >>MORE

Dubai offers extra cover for ships at port

Posted on 01/10/2001

The Government of Dubai is understood to have approached insurers in London offering to guarantee the proposed additional war risk premiums on vessels calling at ports under Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) – Port Rashid and Mina Jebel Ali. An official announcement is expected shortly. The development follows uncertainty and speculation in the market regarding the additional premiums to be charged, subsequent to the expiry of "seven days notice of cancellation" on September 27. It may be noted that ...  >>MORE

Dubai Ports to hike vessels charges from September 1

Posted on 22/08/2001

Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, has decided to increase marine charges levied on vessels entering the Dubai Ports effective from September 1. The increase ranging from five per cent to 65 per cent is ‘to bring rates more in line with today's operating expenses”, according to DPA sources. Charges on vessels entering the ports are based on tonnage or tonnes and mean gross registered tonnes, GRT, or gross tonnes, GT. Port dues for any period of stay not exceeding three days will rise to 14 fils per ...  >>MORE

DPA posts 16% rise in container handling

Posted on 12/08/2001

The Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) has achieved a 16 per cent increase in container handling from January to July 2001, charting a growth from 1.73 million TEUs in 2000 to 22 million TEUs in 2001, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation announced in a statement on Saturday. "The results have continued to form a strong defence against scepticism that accompanied the increase in regional competition and supported or belief that competition inevitably ...  >>MORE

DPA begins dredging at Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 11/07/2001

Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, has started a Dh130 million dredging operation at two berths and the channel at Jebel Ali Port, according to Sultan bin Sulayem, Chief Executive of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. Dredging of berths 16 and 17, undertaken by Belgian Dredging International Co. will be completed by July 16, while that for the channel is due after a year, he added. The two berths will be deepened from 14 metres to 16 metres while the channel will be deepened from 15 metres to 17. ...  >>MORE

New cargo service at Fujairah airport

Posted on 08/07/2001

Fujairah International Airport recently launched a new cargo transport service after acquiring two new semi-trailers. The airport has obtained two towing tri-axle semi-trailers which could be used to transfer cargo from Fujairah to any point in the UAE and vice-versa. The two trailers have the capacity to carry 25 tonnes of bulk loaded and palletised cargo. Transport prices are very competitive compared against those involving normal pick-ups and trailers, where there is no insurance and less ...  >>MORE

UAE bans ships carrying flags of ten countries from UAE waters

Posted on 26/06/2001

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a cabinet decision banning ships carrying flags of ten countries from entering UAE ports or approaching the country's territorial waters as part of the country's efforts to prevent maritime pollution. Countries covered by the ban include Albania, Belize, Honduras, Georgia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Mauritius, Cambodia, Maldives, Comoro Islands and Bolivia. The decision stated that ...  >>MORE

EPS wins 10-year deal to manage Ajman port

Posted on 24/06/2001

Emirates Port Services, EPS has won a 10-year contract to manage Ajman port, which has thus become the second port in the UAE to be currently managed by a private sector company. EPS is a joint venture formed between diversified business group Emirates Trading Agency, ETA, and the Ras Al Khaimah based Union Group. Khorfakkan is the other port being managed by the private company, Gulftainer Co. Ltd. for the past 14 years. Although Jebel Ali Port was initially managed by erstwhile Sea Land, ...  >>MORE

Work begins on Hamriyah port development project

Posted on 02/06/2001

The implementation of the 30-year build-operate-transfer (BOT) agreement signed by Dubai Customs and HNS Group, began recently with the start of construction of two warehouses at Hamriyah Port. HNS Group is negotiating a similar BOT agreement at another port, sources said. The Swiss-based group is negotiating with major hotel chains for the management of the hotel that will be built at the Hamriyah Port. A 13,000 square metre "auction arena" and a pre-cast facility will also be built. New ...  >>MORE

ADNATCO volumes expected to drop

Posted on 27/05/2001

The Abu Dhabi National Tanker Co, ADNATCO, is likely to witness a drop in volumes this year mainly due to dry-docking of six of its vessels, a senior official said. ADNATCO owns nine vessels which include large size product tankers, medium size tankers, a bunkering vessels and a molten sulphur carrier. In 2000, ADNATCO carried some 8.5 million tonnes of petroleum products, sulphur and LPG. Between 1975 and end-2000, ADNATCO transported 178 million tonnes of petroleum products, granulated and ...  >>MORE

DPA posts 19pc rise in container traffic

Posted on 21/05/2001

Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, experienced a 19 per cent increase in the number of containers handled in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. DPA handled more than 132,600 TEUs (20-foot box) compared to the same period last year to reach 846, 587 TEUs. Foodstuff handled by DPA dropped, but the number of passengers processed on cruise and ferry vessels increased by almost 50 per cent. DPA recorded a 4 per cent rise in the number of vessels that called to the emirate from ...  >>MORE

Full text of the law on the new Public Corp for Ports Customs and Free Zone

Posted on 07/05/2001

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued an Act by which Customs Department, Dubai Ports Authority and Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority are to be merged into a public corporation. The Act, referred to as Act No. (1) for 2001, stipulates also the formation of a body corporate public corporation titled as Public Corporation for Ports, Customs and Free Zone, of an independent financial and administrative entity, ...  >>MORE

Three top bodies in Dubai merge

Posted on 06/05/2001

Dubai Customs, Dubai Ports Authority and Jebel Ali Free Zone have been merged under one authority named the "Public Corp for Ports, Customs and Free Zone”. The establishment of the corporation was stipulated by Law No. 1/2001 issued by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The new corporation will have financial and administrative independence and will be run on a commercial basis. It will have a chairman who is ...  >>MORE

Mideast markets lead Abu Dhabi ports volume

Posted on 22/04/2001

Middle East markets provided the bulk of transit cargo through Abu Dhabi ports in the first quarter of the year, accounting for Dh323.36 million of a total Dh359.91 million. They were followed by North America and Asia, with Dh24.86 million and Dh9.21 million. Non-oil cargo in the first quarter of the year through Abu Dhabi totalled Dh5.83 billion. Imports accounted for Dh5.25 billion. Exports and re-exports were valued at Dh329.17 million and Dh237.44 million respectively. Volumes through ...  >>MORE

Dh1.8 – 2.2billion ADSB deal to boost profitability

Posted on 16/04/2001

Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding Company's contract from the UAE Armed Forces announced during IDEX 2001 to build six new 60-metre vessels will be worth Dh1.8 – 2.2billion, a top company official estimated. The contract is expected to drive profitability growth in the coming years. The company has reported a net profit of Dh4.47 million for 2000, down 70.16 per cent compared to 1999. No dividends have been proposed. Earnings per share slid to Dh0.26 from 0.86. The completion of the UAE Navy contract ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Port report brisk business

Posted on 28/01/2001

Freight through Fujairah Port jumped 36 per cent to more than 16.5 million tonnes last year. Container traffic growth maintained its 1999 level at a healthy 22 per cent to 540,000 containers. The port plans to attract more shipping lines, and to do so, several upgrading and expansion projects are in various stages of completion. Dredging was conducted during first half 2000. Captain Mousa Murad, director general, said, "We are now extending the quays by an additional 600 metres to take it to ...  >>MORE

Dubai ports increase in handling charges

Posted on 27/01/2001

An imminent increase in the Dubai Port Authority's terminal handling charges is also likely to benefit major shipping lines, industry sources said yesterday. Shipping firms handling high container traffic will thus be rewarded with a little more money flowing their coffers, while the segment that will have to bear the brunt of the added expense will be the importers and agents and, ultimately, the customer, they said. Effective February 15, DPA has advised shipping lines and agents that ...  >>MORE

Cargo Village volume up 18.5 per cent in 2000

Posted on 20/01/2001

Cargo volume handled by the Dubai Cargo Village last year increased 18.57 per cent over 1999. Overall volumes, including courier and mail, stood at 581,995 tonnes against 490,843 tonnes the previous year. Going by monthly figures, DCV handled 49,434 tonnes in December. Imports increased a moderate 7 per cent to 27,646 tonnes against 25,837 tonnes the year before. The highest import handled on a single day last year was the 1,168 tonnes achieved on December 2. Imports in 2000 were ...  >>MORE

Dh72 million AHI Drydock in Ajman opens

Posted on 17/01/2001

Arab Heavy Industries, AHI, officially opened its 30,000 dwt drydock in Ajman. Built within a year with an investment of Dh72 million, Al Zora Drydock is equipped with modern facilities for enhanced operations and improved flexibility. Measuring 175 metres by 32 metres, the dock has an extra wide beam allowing it to accommodate the new generation double-hulled tankers, offhshore structures, larger offshore supply vessels, anchor handlers, crane bargers, container feeders and cargo ships. ...  >>MORE

DPC, Indian state seal MoU

Posted on 16/01/2001

Dubai Customs and Ports Department and Indian State of Andhra Pradesh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for developing joint co-operation in information technology. Dr. Obeid Saqr Busit, Director General of DPC and visiting Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu signed the memo. DPC sources said that the DPC's training centre and the Indian Institute for Information Technology will implement training programmes and facilitate exchange of technological expertise under ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to develop seaports, improve customs services

Posted on 13/01/2001

The Sharjah Ports and Customs Authority has drawn up a multimillion dirham plan to develop its three seaports and improve customs services. "Our plan includes deepening Khalid Port, increasing the number of berths at Al Hamriyah Port from one to five, building new gates for Khalid Port and Khor Fakkan Port, constructing a Dh12 million building at Khor Fakkan Port, and setting up a new pipe system to supply ships with fuel during loading and unloading operations to avoid delay," Sheikh Khalid ...  >>MORE

DPA container traffic up 8 per cent in 2000

Posted on 09/01/2001

The Dubai Ports Authority, DPA, reported an unprecedented growth in container handling in 2000. According to latest statistics, DPA handled over 3 millions TEUs (20-feet equivalent units) during 2000. Compared to 1999, DPA achieved a growth of 8 per cent last year. The results, according to a press release, are the result from a strong defence against the scepticism on the prospects of DPA on the face of regional competition. "The results support DPA's long held belief that competition is a ...  >>MORE

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