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Top 10 Middle East Ports

by ASC Staff on Oct 31, 2006

DP World Jebel Ali

There can be no question that the Mega Terminal in Jebel Ali is the jewel in the crown of Middle Eastern port facilities. By far the busiest and best-equipped port in the region, it has set new standards and paved the way for much of the development in the surrounding areas and associated maritime industry.

The port of Mina Jebel Ali has the largest man-made harbour in the world, with 71 berths and extensive dry dock capability. Testament to its size are claims that when it was constructed in 1979 it was one of only three man-made objects visible from space, the others being the Hoover Dam and the Great Wall of China.

The proximity of the Jebel Ali Free Zone (established in 1980), made the port a magnet and highly competitive port-of-choice for international businesses, who have continued to benefit from the increasing consumer and industrial demands of the flourishing emirate.

The container handling facilities are simply unrivalled in the region. The addition of 14 mega gantry cranes received in 2005 and six more this year (bringing the total to a staggering 45) are the largest of their kind in the world and the fi rst of their type to be installed in the Middle East. Each of these cranes is capable of lifting two 40 foot or four Already one of the best container transhipment ports in the world, Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) is gearing up for the next century. The natural deepwater port is being massively expanded, with further phase two development, originally scheduled for 2008, now 20 foot containers simultaneously.

The economies of efficiency are also unrivalled at Jebel Ali. This summer saw a record-breaking 8571 moves in a single vessel operation, undertaken in a time just shy of 41 hours. The tandem-lift cranes used in this operation had been specially commissioned for the port.

In a further nod to its reputation in the business, Jebel Ali scooped the Best Seaport Award in the Middle East for the 12th consecutive year at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards. 9000 professionals voted for the accolade across the entire freight forwarding industry, incorporating considerations such as cost competitiveness, facilitation of ancillary services, and timely and adequate investment in new infrastructure.

The port’s equipment list alone is sure to make any other operator in the region green with envy:

Container Cranes Panamax: 4
Container Cranes Post Panamax: 8
Container Cranes Super Post Panamax: 27
Mobile Harbour Cranes: 2
Forklift Trucks: 178
Empty Container Handlers: 32
Terminal Trailers: 378
Terminal Tractors: 390
Reefer Points: 2325


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