By Andy Sambidge
Dubai port operator inks agreements for cranes for Jebel Ali Terminal 3; slated to open in 2014
DP World on Tuesday signed agreements with local and international companies for the supply of a total of 69 cranes for its new terminal at Jebel Ali.
The Dubai-based port operator said it had ordered 19 ship to shore (STS) quay cranes and 50 rail mounted gantry (RMG) cranes for its four million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity Terminal 3 development.
The new container terminal will be 1,860 metres long, with a depth of 17 metres to handle multiple next generation container liners simultaneously, and a 70 hectare yard.
Total capacity at Jebel Ali will reach 19 million TEU when Terminal 3 opens for business in 2014, DP World said in a statement.
Trans Gulf Port Cranes (TGPC) of Abu Dhabi will supply and install 10 STS quay cranes and 25 RMG cranes, while Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd (ZPMC) will supply and install 9 STS and 25 RMG cranes.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, cxhairman, DP World, said: "The expansion of capacity at our flagship Jebel Ali Port is in line with market demands and the changing needs of our customers.
"The new container terminal will further strengthen Jebel Ali's position as the most efficient and modern gateway for cargo in the region and enhance its role as an economic growth engine."
Obaid Bin Saleh Al Neaimi, chairman of TGPC, said: "This prestigious project underpins our commitment to the industry in general and the UAE in particular. DP World's decision to award TGPC such a large order gives us further motivation to continue our drive towards excellence."
Chen Weiping Yang Wenhui, deputy chief commercial manager of ZPMC, added: "We delivered our first crane to DP World in 2005 and our relations have gone from strength to strength ever since. The sophisticated technology that drives our quayside and gantry cranes is designed to deliver peak productivity and efficiency for our clients."
In the first six months of 2012 DP World's UAE operations handled 6.6 million TEU, 7.3 percent up on the same period last year.