Container traffic up 26% in Dubai

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) handled 1.75 million TEUs in Q1 2005, up 26% on the 1.38 million units handled a year earlier.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 15, 2005

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) achieved a 26% rise the number of containers handled during the first quarter of 2005, compared to Q1 2004. 1.75 million TEUs were handled in Dubai's ports in Q1 2005 against 1.38 million a year earlier. The increase in the number of containers handled reflects the wider growth in volumes at DPA, which has been helped by the completion of the first phase expansion at Jebel Ali Port. “DPA has responded effectively to the changing needs of the market and customer requirements by launching its expansion plan adding more berths, space and equipment. We are confident of maintaining the same levels of impressive growth in container and general cargo volumes during the rest of the year,” said Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, DPA’s CEO. The ports authority also recently took delivery of the first batch of 10 mega gantry cranes, the largest of its kind in the world, and also acquired a number of rubber tyred gantries (RTGs), as it develops the infrastructure at its ports. The gantries, which were manufactured by ZPMC in China, can lift two 40-ft or four 20-ft containers simultaneously. “The outstanding growth in container and general cargo volumes over the last three years spurred us to accelerate the completion of DPA expansion projects, particularly at Jebel Ali Port, to achieve our goals of delivering highest level of satisfaction and service to our customers,” noted Bin Thaniah.

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