Dubai launches new system to improve Creek trade

Dubai Customs has launched a new disruptive berthing service for the vessels using Dubai Creek
Dubai launches new system to improve Creek trade
The new system - Smart Vessel Berthing System - will help vessels load and unload their goods with the help of an advanced AI-based service.
By Sam Bridge
Mon 27 May 2019 04:52 PM

Dubai Customs has launched a new disruptive berthing service for the vessels using Dubai Creek.

The new system - Smart Vessel Berthing System - will help vessels load and unload their goods with the help of an advanced AI-based service.

It was built in-house by Dubai Customs employees to facilitate traffic of vessels through the historic waterway, a statement said.

The system will enable trading vessels to finalise their transactions online. They can register at the operations room of Dubai Creek Customs Centre which will direct the vessels to the waiting quays using the Smart Vessel Berthing System.

The vessels are then directed to certain wharfs to load or unload their goods. Dubai Creek Port deals with around 50 other ports in nine countries.

Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said the new service is a turning point for hundreds of vessels using the waterway.

He said: “Khor Dubai is an integral part of the emirate’s trade structure and has always been vital in connecting Dubai with the region and the world. Trade through the Dubai Creek supports foreign trade of Dubai and the UAE and plays an important role in diversifying the national economy in fulfilment of the vision of our wise leadership.”  

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, DP World Group chairman & CEO and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, added: “The Creek is a very important port in Dubai. It is still shaping the soul of Dubai, now running freely keeping alive its vibrant heartbeat and linking the sea back to the sea.

“Diversification in trade is essential for Dubai to keep the momentum within its quest to be the world’s economy capital and towards fulfilment of big projects such as the Dubai Silk Road.”

Dubai external trade through the Dubai Creek during the last 10 years (2009-2018) made more than AED122 billion, and cargo weighed 10.564 million tons of different goods including textiles, mobile phones, air conditioners and electrical appliances.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs said: “The Smart Vessel Berthing System is another achievement to be added to a number of milestones acheived by Dubai Customs... The new berthing system will enable to fast-track work at the Creek and help vessels load and unload goods faster and easier.”

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