By Staff writer
DP World's port records world-leading 131 moves per ship per hour, according to JOC Port Productivity data
Global marine terminal operator DP World's flagship Jebel Ali Port has been named the most productive port in the world for the number of ships berthed.
According the latest JOC Port Productivity data, compiled by industry analysts Journal of Commerce, Jebel Ali recorded a world-leading 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10 percent from 119 in 2013.
The ranking is based on JOC's analysis of more than 125,000 port calls in 2014 that placed Jebel Ali and six ports from China in the global top 10 for the year.
Asian and Middle Eastern ports by far recorded the best productivity for ships at berth and Jebel Ali remains the leader in servicing ocean-going container carriers, DP World said in a statement.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said: "Congratulations to Jebel Ali Port's enterprising operations team members who have worked hard to earn DP World this honour. Our flagship port is holding DP World's colours high as the most productive port in the world.
"The productivity achievement is also a reflection of our unshakeable belief that investing in our people and technology is the best way to deliver service excellence to our customers and support Dubai and the UAE's development."
Productivity is defined as the average of the gross moves made by ship-to-shore cranes for each vessel call recorded. Gross moves for a single ship call is calculated by dividing the number of container moves (onload, offload and repositioning) by the number of hours the vessel spends at berth.
With its semi-automated Terminal 3 nearing completion, Jebel Ali will be able to handle more of the largest container vessels.
When fully operational T3 with its 19 remote-controlled quay cranes will raise Jebel Ali Port's total annual handling capacity to 19 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) by the end of 2015.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.