DPA announces increased throughput

DPA releases half yearly figures, showing a steady rise in container traffic at the ports.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  August 1, 2005

Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) has announced that it has achieved a 22% increase in container traffic in the first half of 2005 compared to the same period last year, handling a total of 3,631,108 TEUs in the first six months of the year. Over the same period, DPA handled 7651 vessels of all types, an 11% increase compared to the period last year, with container vessels making up 3279 of the total vessels. “We are extremely pleased with the performance of DPA in the first half of this year. We have carried forward the momentum we created in 2004 and have touched new levels of performance in our operations this year. DPA has achieved a significant increase in all areas of port operations which is mainly due to the efforts of our staff, customers, the state of the art infrastructure facilities and the equipment available at the port,” said Jamal Majid bin Thaniah, CEO, DPA. Dubai Ports not only ranked among the top 10 container ports in the world, but it also, this year, successfully handled the arrival of several large container vessels, such as MSC Rachele, one of the world’s largest container ships with a capacity of 8238 TEUs. “The fact that DPA continues to attract such huge volumes of business from all parts of the world, underlines our efficiency in container handling and highlights our sustained focus on providing high quality services to our customers. We are investing in the most sophisticated container handling equipment and it is providing superior berthing facilities to accommodate all types of vessels. We are committed to build on this growth in the months ahead,” concluded bin Thaniah.

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