DPA sees record number of TEUs

Container handling by Dubai Ports Authority increases in the first quarter, in line with expansion plans and the arrival of the first batch of gantry cranes.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  May 16, 2005

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) has announced a 26% growth in containers handled during the first quarter of 2005 compared to the corresponding period in 2004. The growth in throughput is in line with DPA’s 25% year-on-year growth in volumes, which has been substantiated 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, CEO, DPA. The yearly statistics, compiled by the department of statistics at the ports, customs and free zone corporation, indicate that DPA’s total throughput handling in the first quarter of 2005 was 1.75 million TEUs, against 1.38 TEUs for the same period in 2004. To cope with the demand of increased throughput the DPA recently took delivery of the first batch of 10 mega gantry cranes, the largest of its kind in the world, and acquired rubber tyred gantries (RTGs) as part of a move to add more state-of-the-art equipment to effectively handle business growth at Dubai Ports. The gantries, manufactured by ZPMC of 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,” added Bin Thaniah.

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