By Andy Sambidge
Dubai port operator signs agreement for construction of Terminal 3; ops to start in 2014
DP World said on Sunday it has signed an agreement for the construction of a massive new container terminal at Jebel Ali in Dubai.
The port operator plans to expand capacity at the flagship port by four million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
It said in a statement that a joint venture between TOA-SoletancheBachy has been awarded the contract to design, construct, commission and equip the required terminal infrastructure, including the deepening of the channel depth to accommodate super post-panamax next generation container ships with a capacity of 18,000 TEU.
Terminal 3 will have a quay length of 1,860 metres, a draft of 17 metres, and a 70 hectare storage yard, the statement added.
When operations commence at the new terminal in 2014, total capacity at Jebel Ali will reach 19 million TEU.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region, said, "The planned capacity expansion at our flagship Jebel Ali Port is guided by demands from our customers and the return of confidence in regional markets.
"Our investment today will ensure Jebel Ali continues be an important catalyst for economic development."
Kiyoshi Miyawaki, general manager of TOA Corporation - Dubai Office, said: "TOA Corporation and our Joint Venture partners Soletanche Bachy will deploy their abundant and accumulated experience in marine terminal infrastructure construction to bring value engineering and ensure Jebel Ali's Terminal 3 will be among the finest in the world capable of handling next generation container liners."
Alexandre Abinader, Middle East manager of Soletanche Bachy, added: "This is an impressive project that brings together some of the best companies in the industry, and we are proud to be a part of it."
Jebel Ali's Terminal 3 will be equipped with as many as 19 Ship To Shore quay cranes and 50 Rail Mounted Gantry' cranes.
In the first six months of 2012, DP World, UAE Region, of which Jebel Ali is the leading facility, handled 6.6 million TEU, 7.3 percent ahead of the same period last year.