DP World has revealed plans to add 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to Container Terminal 3 (T3) at Jebel Ali Port.
In a statement, the UAE-headquartered port operator said that it is undertaking the expansion to boost the container handling productivity of its flagship port facility.
The move, reportedly in response to emerging market demand, will see the port’s capacity increase from 18 million TEI to 19.5 million TEU.
DP World noted that is expecting T3, which now has a capacity of 4 million TEU, to become the world’s largest semi-automated terminal.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive officer of DP World, commented: “Increasing the handling capacity at Terminal 3 is in response to the high levels of utilisation at the port and, with the recovery in volumes, the medium-term outlook remains positive, particularly with the lead-up to Expo 2020.
“Our priority is to ensure that we can serve our customers efficiently and deliver the benefits of scale that the new fleet of ocean going mega vessels offer. The new cranes and retrofitting reflects the investments we make in infrastructure, equipment, technology, and [the] training of our teams.”
He continued: “Today, Jebel Ali has the capability to accommodate 10 mega container ships simultaneously, and we are on schedule to increase this number significantly."
According to DP World, it is carrying out refurbishing works that include retrofitting seven existing quay cranes to meet the requirements of the new mega container vessels. These retrofitting activities will improve efficiency and productivity while prolonging the lifespan of the cranes, DP World added.
In the first half of 2017, DP World handled 7.7 million TEU in the UAE, growing 4.3% year-on-year.