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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - SEAPORTS & SHIPPING

DP World handled 26.6 million TEU in H1 2013

Posted on 01/08/2013

DP World Limited handled 26.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio in the first half of 2013. In figures released yesterday, this demonstrates an amount that is 5.8% lower than the same period last year, but when adjusted for changes across the portfolio, the decline was 2.1% on a like-for-like basis. The figures do show, however, that the company's global portfolio handled more containers in the second quarter than in the first quarter of 2013. There were ...  >>MORE

Total Freight International breaks ground on new facility in Dubai World Central's Logistics

Posted on 23/07/2013

Dubai World Central (DWC), the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis, has revealed that UAE-based Total Freight International LLC has commenced construction of its own facility in DWC's Logistics District. The 5,600-sqm facility, which will be operational in April 2014, will primarily be used for general cargo warehousing, distribution and value added services, in addition to featuring office space. A section of the warehouse space within the state-of-the-art facility will specifically be ...  >>MORE

DP World-UAE Region signs MOU with Dubai Quality Group

Posted on 14/07/2013

DP World-UAE Region, has joined Dubai Quality Group (DQG) to achieve key performance indicators (KPIs) and the highest level of quality for safe, reliable, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective port management and customer service. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reflecting the partnership was signed by Mohammad Ali Ahmad, Chief Operations Officer DP World-UAE Region and Dr Yousef Ebrahim Al Akraf, DQG Chairman in the presence of Badriya Al Tamimi, DQG'S MD and senior executives from ...  >>MORE

Deep Ocean Technology and Drydocks World discuss future projects

Posted on 01/07/2013

Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, met with Arkadiusz Majerski, President and CEO, Deep Ocean Technology and Bogdan Gutkowski, President of BIG INVEST, a group of Swiss-Polish brokerage, consulting and engineering companies, to discuss issues related to the Water Discus Underwater Hotel project including designs, engineering aspects and structures. While presenting a film and discussing a recent CNN report on the project, Majerski reviewed global interest in ...  >>MORE

UAE's DP World adds 1 million TEU to capacity to Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 27/06/2013

The new extension to Container Terminal 2 (T2) at flagship Jebel Ali Port has been officially opened by DP World adding 1 million TEU to take capacity at Jebel Ali Port to 15 million TEU and extending the T2 quay wall by 400 metres to 3,000 metres. Chairman of DP World, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, in a ceremony to mark the expansion, welcomed of the largest container ships afloat, the MSC La Spezia, to the terminal. The expansion adds 1 million TEU to take capacity at Jebel Ali Port to 15 ...  >>MORE

Work on DP World JV in Dominican Republic begins

Posted on 27/06/2013

The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, has inaugurated the start of the construction of the first logistics centre in the Dominican Republic, the Caucedo Logistics Centre, or CLC, a joint venture between DP World and the Caucedo Development Corporation. With a prime location between Port Caucedo and Las Americas International Airport, the CLC will provide regional distribution facilities for foreign and Dominican businesses connecting them to a comprehensive, efficient, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to build new slipways as vessels set to double by 2030

Posted on 26/06/2013

Five slipways are to be built at sites in Al Bateen, Al Sadar, New Bahya and two in Abu Dhabi Gate City. Proposals by Abu Dhabi Municipality, which will be tendered early next week to the private sector, also include facilities for trailer parking, washing down areas, dry stack storage and fuelling facilities. The municipality said it hoped to get a number of experienced marine developers on board, to "ensure the success of the project". "There are an estimated 4,647 marine vessels in use ...  >>MORE

Keen interest in world's largest HVDC Offshore Wind Platform at Drydocks World

Posted on 25/06/2013

Drydocks World and Maritime World, hosted a delegation from the international press along with senior officials from TenneT, ABB and Aibel, the three companies involved in the world's largest HVDC Offshore Wind Platform - Dolwin Beta - that is under construction at the Drydocks World - Dubai shipyard. The delegation from the press, which visited Drydocks World - Dubai comprised of correspondents from De Telegraaf (The Telegraph), which is the largest and well-respected daily published from ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's logistics sector set to grow at 15% over next four years

Posted on 25/06/2013

Sharjah's transport and logistics sector is expected to grow BY 15 per cent annually over the next four years, driven by its fast growing sea and air traffic, according to a study released by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). "Transport and logistics is a very dynamic market in the Emirate, where the total market size reached Dh3.53 billion in 2012, out of which Dh1.28 billion worth is sea freight and Dh 0.7 billion is air freight, offering rewarding investment ...  >>MORE

DP World joins hands with JNP

Posted on 20/06/2013

DP World and Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP) on Wednesday held a ceremonial signing of the concession awarded to DP World to construct and operate a new container terminal at the port. DP World received the Letter of Award for the new Nhava Sheva (India) Gateway Terminal project in November last year. The ceremonial concession document was exchanged between the Minister of Shipping Shri GK Vasan and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World. The concession was signed by Shri NN Kumar, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Declaration released by World Customs Organisation

Posted on 12/06/2013

A consolidated report on the recommendations and outcomes of the 2013 WCO IT Conference and Exhibition, held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has been issued. Commenting on the Dubai Declaration, Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, reiterated that the global event represented a good opportunity for coordination and cooperation between customs and border authorities ...  >>MORE

Maritime Authority signs MoU with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Posted on 12/06/2013

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has announced that it has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on maritime cooperation with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the government authority behind Singapore's port and maritime development. Under the MoU, DMCA and MPA will explore possible areas of collaboration in planning and regulation of marinas and waterways, promoting maritime environment protection in line with international standards, conducting maritime ...  >>MORE

DP World signs carbon emissions partnership

Posted on 05/06/2013

On the eve of World Environment Day, global marine terminal operator DP World has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) to review its operations in the region. The initial phase of the five year agreement will see DCCE review DP World practices, explore and identify energy reduction opportunities to implement in line with international standards. Agreed projects will have the potential to be applied across DP World's global network. The MoU was ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port reports 35 per cent productivity increase

Posted on 02/06/2013

In less than six months since official inauguration, Khalifa Port Container Terminal has proven itself as a pivot to reshape the economy of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular, said Martijn Van De Linde, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Terminals. "Since the commercial opening on 1st September of 2012, our customers have enjoyed 35 per cent productivity increases at the quayside, so ships spend less time in port,” he said. "We have also cut the trucks turnaround time by 64 per ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Port wins Best Seaport award for 19th year

Posted on 02/06/2013

Jebel Ali Port, the leading port in the Middle East has won the trophy for Best Seaport in the Middle East for the 19th year in a row. DP World's flagship has been voted the "Best Seaport — Middle East” at the 27th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA 20131). Four ports from the Middle East were nominated, from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Organised by one of Asia's leading transport and logistics newspapers, Cargo News Asia, the AFSCA awards involve key decision makers in the ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Port first port to in ME to achieve the a benchmark for security management systems

Posted on 28/05/2013

Global marine terminal operator DP World announced yesterday that Jebel Ali Port has become the first port in the Middle East Region to achieve the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Certificate, a benchmark for security management systems. The certificate was awarded following an inspection visit to Jebel Ali by a team of UNDSS experts who evaluated the security measures implemented by DP World, UAE Region, with particular focus on emergency response plans, security ...  >>MORE

Gulftainer automates systems at Sharjah Container Terminal

Posted on 13/05/2013

Gulftainer, one of the world's largest privately owned port management and logistics company, has further increased efficiency at Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) through the development of an online application to automate information exchange between the Sharjah Port Authority (SPA), Customs and Gulftainer company. The application will enhance existing customs procedures to ensure faster and seamless movement of containers through the port. SCT was the first purpose built and fully equipped ...  >>MORE

DP World unveils new seed programme

Posted on 30/04/2013

DP World on Monday announced the launch of its Turn8 seed accelerator programme designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. Turn8 will look for people with ingenious ideas that can be refined and brought to market through a "seed accelerator”, a programme that selects start-up teams with marketable ideas and supports them with funding, mentoring and training in exchange for a stake in any resulting business. It will take place over the next 12 months, ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Port completes largest dredging programme in 10 years

Posted on 08/04/2013

DP World announced on Sunday that it has successfully completed the largest dredging programme at its Jebel Ali Port in 10 years, allowing the port to handle more big vessels at the same time by deepening the draught. The dredging added to the expansion work currently underway, adding 1 million TEU of new capacity to Container Terminal 2 later this year and another 4 million TEU capacity Container Terminal 3 by 2014, once completed, will enable Jebel Ali Port to handle up to 10 of the next ...  >>MORE

Drydocks World emphasises on its broad reach with the launch of Global Offshore Services

Posted on 03/04/2013

Drydocks World has announced the launch of its Drydocks World - Global Offshore Services arm at a special ceremony organised at Dubai Maritime City, the new business units located in Fujairah and Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks Dubai. This Division has at its disposal highly efficient technical teams ever-prepared to be mobilised at short notice to service vessels at distant offshore locations. High and Well-equipped workshops in the Emirates of Dubai and Fujairah offer sophisticated support ...  >>MORE

DP World Chairman welcomes President of Mozambique to Jebel Ali Port

Posted on 27/03/2013

The President of Mozambique, Armando Emilio Guebuza recently visited DP World flagship Jebel Ali Port, where he was received by Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and briefed on the supply chain capabilities that have made the port the premier gateway to the entire region and a reliable contributor to the national economy. The meeting was attended by senior DP World officials including Vice Chairman Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, Group Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Sharaf, Senior Vice President ...  >>MORE

ADNATCO '&' NGSCO remains committed to maintaining a strong presence in the shipping industry, says Al-Yabhouni

Posted on 27/03/2013

Dr Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni, CEO, ADNATCO '&' NGSCO, has emphasised that ADNOC Group of Companies remains committed to maintaining a strong presence in the shipping industry despite difficulties in the state of the global tanker market. "It is clear that the current situation in which tanker owners find themselves is not a good one. Rates for almost all segments, except LNG, are at historically low levels. In February alone, VLCC rates for virtually all routes fell by an average of 15 percent ...  >>MORE

DP World reports profit growth to US$ 749 million in 2012

Posted on 21/03/2013

DP World yesterday announced financial results from its global portfolio of marine terminals for the twelve months ending 31 December 2012. DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem commented; "DP World delivered profit for the year of US$749 million following a strong year of operational performance from its global operations, prudent financial management and proactive management of assets, whilst continuing to invest in the future growth of the Company." Total dividend of 24 US cents; 10% ...  >>MORE

Al Jaber highlights maritime trade movement

Posted on 20/03/2013

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) highlighted the importance of diversification for regional economies and the need to make strategic investments in the Gulf Region during his opening welcome speech at the World Ports '&' Trade Summit 2013 which opened yesterday (March 19th) at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. "The development of ports and maritime infrastructure will become increasingly crucial to global trade and enhance the region's position in ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali port to have 19m TEU capacity by end 2014

Posted on 20/03/2013

The opening of terminal 3 at Jebel Ali sea port towards the end of 2014 would enable the port handle 10 ultra large container carriers (ULCCs) simultaneously and take its overall capacity to 19 million TEUs a year from 14 million at present, a top DP World official said yesterday. Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, Vice Chairman, DP World told reporters on the sidelines World Ports & Trade Summit in Abu Dhabi that the opening of terminal 3 at Jebel Ali would give the port 4 million TEUs of additional ...  >>MORE

One million containers this year for Khalifa Port

Posted on 14/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Ports Company expects to handle more than one million containers this year, up 20 to 30 per cent from last year, as Khalifa Port widens the gateway for trade. More than six months after opening, Khalifa Port is preparing to take delivery of a second batch of automated cranes to meet rising demand, said Tony Douglas, the chief executive of ADPC. Geared as the first fully automated dockyard in the region, the Taweelah-based deepwater terminal has taken over from the ageing and crowded ...  >>MORE

CICPA launches "Bihar 2013", a UAE wide marine safety campaign

Posted on 12/03/2013

The Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) revealed the full details of its third major water safety campaign yesterday. The campaign will include a number of exciting and interactive features dedicated to the promotion of safety, security and protection across the Emirate's maritime areas. Under the new partnership-themed banner of: "Be aware... Be alert... Enjoy safely," CICPA is extending its commitment to the security and protection of all UAE's citizens. The ...  >>MORE

DP World adds two prestigious awards to its trophy collection

Posted on 11/03/2013

DP World, UAE Region has added two prestigious awards to its growing collection in recognition of its pursuit of excellence. The leading regional port operator has won the UAE's Terminal Operator Company of The Year category from Frost '&' Sullivan at the Annual Growth Excellence Awards during the Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership Middle East 2013, held in Atlantis The Palm. The Award was received by Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Chief Operations Officer, DP World, UAE Region, from ...  >>MORE

Dubai's DP World sells Hong Kong assets for US$742 million

Posted on 08/03/2013

DP World Limited has entered into two transactions to monetise its interests in two container terminals and a logistics centre in Hong Kong. The transactions will see DP World monetise 75% of its interests in CSX World Terminals Hong Kong Limited (CT3), which operates berth 3 of the Kwai Chung Container Terminal (CT3) and ATL Logistics Centre Hong Kong Limited (ATL), a logistics centre located alongside CT3, and 100% of its interest in Asia Container Terminal Ltd (ACT), which operates Asia ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Terminals sign agreement with Messina Line

Posted on 04/03/2013

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the manager and operator of Abu Dhabi's 3 main commercial ports, announced reaching an agreement with Italian shipping line Messina to call Khalifa Port Container Terminal with one of their direct services connecting Southern Europe and the Mediterranean with the Arabian Gulf. Messina lines will not only be carrying local cargo to and from Abu Dhabi and the surrounding emirates, but will also be conducting transhipment operations in Khalifa Port, connecting to ...  >>MORE

Shams 1 renewable energy project to be opened on March 17

Posted on 26/02/2013

Shams 1, the largest renewable energy project in the Middle East, which will generate 100 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy at a cost of Dh2.2 billion (US$600 million), will be officially inaugurated on March 17. This was disclosed yesterday by Masdar, a Mubadala company. According to Masdar, Shams 1 will be one of the largest concentrated solar power [CSP] plants in the world, extending over an area of 2.5 square kilometres with a capacity of approximately 100 MW. The company said ...  >>MORE

Sharjah’s largest port handler sees double digit growth in 2013

Posted on 18/02/2013

Sharjah-based Gulftainer, one of the world's largest privately owned port management and logistics companies, continues to increase its footprint both locally and internationally, and are poised to register a double digit growth again in 2013. The company operates three main UAE ports: two on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority - Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) and Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT); and one in Ruwais. Gulftainer's group managing director, Peter Richards disclosed that the ...  >>MORE

DP World at the heart of Dubai corporate success

Posted on 13/02/2013

It was all in a normal day's work for Mohammed Sharaf, the chief executive of DP World (DPW), at the Dubai Financial Market on Monday. He was booked to give a presentation to investors about the company that he has run since 2005. He must have put on this show hundreds of times around the world to international investors, and was so on top of his subject he barely needed the PowerPoint prompts to tell the success story of DPW. On the other hand, there was something unique about the ...  >>MORE

DP World marks handling of 100 million containers in 10 years

Posted on 05/02/2013

DP World yesterday celebrated milestone achievement in its history when its Dubai ports handled the 100 millionth container to pass through UAE Region terminals in ten years. DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said, the feat was made possible by the high level of support the company has received from Dubai's leadership, loyal customers, stakeholders and committed employees. The 100 million TEU record was achieved between January 2003 and January 2013 and covers all container boxes ...  >>MORE

Queen Mary 2 makes maiden call to Abu Dhabi capital

Posted on 30/01/2013

The Queen Mary 2 - the world's largest ocean liner and the luxury flagship of the Cunard Line - made its maiden call to Abu Dhabi yesterday at the Mina (Port) Zayed cruise terminal yesterday, signalling the UAE capital's increasing international status as a cruise liner destination. On its first visit to Abu Dhabi, one of the key destinations on the Queen Mary 2's 2013 "World Voyage", the Cunard Fleet Commodore, Christopher Rynd, was welcomed to Abu Dhabi by the UK Ambassador to the UAE, ...  >>MORE

DP World increases container volumes to 56 million TEU in 2012

Posted on 30/01/2013

DP World handled 56.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio in 2012, a 2.4% increase over the prior year. Adjusting for the divestment of four joint venture terminals during the year, like for like gross container volume growth was 3.7% ahead of last year. This annual increase in gross container volumes was driven by a good performance from the Americas, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions where the focus on delivering improved efficiencies and productivity ...  >>MORE

US navy ship docks at Khalifa Port

Posted on 29/01/2013

USS Rushmore is the first American navy vessel to dock in the brand new Khalifa Port in the Abu Dhabi emirate. The ship, which arrived here on Saturday from a military exercise in Saudi Arabia, is in the UAE only for rest and repairs, but its presence in the emirate means much more, according to US Ambassador to the UAE Michael Corbin. "I'd like to thank the men and women on duty on USS Rushmore, providing safety and security in the area. This type of visit is also an opportunity to highlight ...  >>MORE

Dubai Maritime issues Cruise Logbook

Posted on 27/01/2013

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, co-ordinating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has recently issued a Cruise Logbook to be distributed among all Dubai-based floating restaurants, as part of the authority's commitment to ensure and maintain the highest levels of marine safety. Designed to record all maritime operations, the logbook serves as a step forward to promote maritime safety across Dubai's waters while ...  >>MORE

Dh3.2-billion ocean liner to grace port in Capital

Posted on 23/01/2013

The most expensive ocean liner ever built will make her maiden call in the country in the Capital, with more than 2,600 on board. The Dh3.2-billion Queen Mary 2, built in 2004 to replace the illustrious Queen Elizabeth 2, will spend the day on January 29 in Mina Zayed before sailing for Cochin in India. Under the command of the Cunard fleet Commodore, Christopher Rynd, the 2,620 passengers aboard the 345m, 150,000-tonne liner boasts 1,310 staterooms and suites — 955 with balconies — and a ...  >>MORE

UAE signs CCA with Armenia

Posted on 22/01/2013

The Federal Customs Authority (FCA) of UAE has signed a customs technical and administrative cooperation agreement with Armenia's State Revenue Committee (SRC). Suoud Salem Al Agroobi, FCA Head of International Relations Department and Karen Bekaryan, SRC Director of Customs Procedures signed the agreement in Yerevan in the presence of Gagik Khachatryan, SRC Director General, Artur Afrikyan, SRC Senior Deputy Director General and Artur Hovsepyan, Head of International Relations Department. ...  >>MORE

Khorfakkan Container Terminal receives CMA CGM Marco Polo

Posted on 07/01/2013

Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) yesterday became the first terminal operator in the Middle East to handle the world's largest containership, CMA CGM Marco Polo, owned by the CMA CGM Group. With a length of four standard football pitches (396 metres), 54 metres beam and requiring a draft of 16m, Khorfakkan is one of the few ports in the world able to accommodate Marco Polo's massive 16,020 TEU capacity. Having seen volumes increase by 26% at Khorfakkan in 2012, Gulftainer has ensured it ...  >>MORE

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DP World handled 26.6 million TEU in H1 2013


Total Freight International breaks ground on new facility in Dubai World Central's Logistics


DP World-UAE Region signs MOU with Dubai Quality Group


Deep Ocean Technology and Drydocks World discuss future projects


UAE's DP World adds 1 million TEU to capacity to Jebel Ali Port


Work on DP World JV in Dominican Republic begins


Abu Dhabi to build new slipways as vessels set to double by 2030


Keen interest in world's largest HVDC Offshore Wind Platform at Drydocks World


Sharjah's logistics sector set to grow at 15% over next four years


DP World joins hands with JNP


Dubai Declaration released by World Customs Organisation


Maritime Authority signs MoU with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


DP World signs carbon emissions partnership


Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port reports 35 per cent productivity increase


Jebel Ali Port wins Best Seaport award for 19th year


Jebel Ali Port first port to in ME to achieve the a benchmark for security management systems


Gulftainer automates systems at Sharjah Container Terminal


DP World unveils new seed programme


Jebel Ali Port completes largest dredging programme in 10 years


Drydocks World emphasises on its broad reach with the launch of Global Offshore Services


DP World Chairman welcomes President of Mozambique to Jebel Ali Port


ADNATCO '&' NGSCO remains committed to maintaining a strong presence in the shipping industry, says Al-Yabhouni


DP World reports profit growth to US$ 749 million in 2012


Al Jaber highlights maritime trade movement


Jebel Ali port to have 19m TEU capacity by end 2014


One million containers this year for Khalifa Port


CICPA launches "Bihar 2013", a UAE wide marine safety campaign


DP World adds two prestigious awards to its trophy collection


Dubai's DP World sells Hong Kong assets for US$742 million


Abu Dhabi Terminals sign agreement with Messina Line


Shams 1 renewable energy project to be opened on March 17


Sharjah’s largest port handler sees double digit growth in 2013


DP World at the heart of Dubai corporate success


DP World marks handling of 100 million containers in 10 years


Queen Mary 2 makes maiden call to Abu Dhabi capital


DP World increases container volumes to 56 million TEU in 2012


US navy ship docks at Khalifa Port


Dubai Maritime issues Cruise Logbook


Dh3.2-billion ocean liner to grace port in Capital


UAE signs CCA with Armenia


Khorfakkan Container Terminal receives CMA CGM Marco Polo