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Dubai's Jebel Ali Port continues to create waves in the maritime industry globally. In its latest port productivity report, the US-based ''The Journal of Commerce'' has named it the most productive port for its impressive container movement.
The rankings were based on average moves of containers per ship, per hour, with the Dubai port clocking 138 moves per vessel hour (MPH), beating 483 other ports worldwide. Even among bigger ports which can handle ships with a capacity of more than 8,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units), Jebel Ali Port also maintains its pride of place on top of the pile as far as movement of containers is concerned.
Repeated expansion has seen the capacity of the port showing a steady increase. In 2014, it handled 15.2 million TEU, boosted by an increased capacity of two million TEU in the Container Terminal 3. The port is on course to attain an annual capacity of 19 million TEU by the end of this year.
Terminal 3 has infrastructure in place that can simultaneously accommodate 10 of the world's largest container vessels. In December 2014, the port welcomed the world's largest sugar carrier. In November 2014, the port successfully handled the largest bulk carrier to make a call at the port. The vessel was carrying 79,000 tons of reinforced steel from Turkey.
Jebel Ali was established in 1971 and served as the emirate's second port alongside Port Rashid. Initially, Port Rashid, located in the center of Dubai, was preferred by many shipping lines, but the development of Jebel Ali as an industrial hub tilted the scales.
Dubai has always been a popular destination for maritime trade since it became a free port in 1900s. Jebel Ali Port has helped the emirate carry on this rich legacy.
• Jebel Ali Port a preferred port of call for many container vessels
• Port capacity expected to be boosted to 19 million TEU yearly
• The world's largest sugar carrier called at Jebel Ali Port last year
Check out Khalifa Port Container Terminal which is also connecting UAE with the world
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer