DP World, the leading enabler of global trade, has signed two major contracts for civil construction work at its new Container Terminal 4 on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali Port.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO at DP World; Zeyad Baker, Executive Director at Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC and Patrick McKinney, Area Manager of the Middle East and Gulf at BAM International Abu Dhabi LLC – Dubai Branch, signed on behalf of their respective companies.
Under Phase 1, Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC is developing an operational yard area with a quay length of 1,200 metres.
BAM International Abu Dhabi LLC is building a 400-metre bridge and adjacent causeways and the 2.2 kilometre quay wall with a depth of 18 metres, designed to accommodate the largest mega container vessels.
CH2M HILL (Halcrow) will deliver the civil works on the reclaimed island north of Jebel Ali’s Terminal 2, connected to the mainland by a 3,000-metre causeway.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO at DP World, said: “This terminal is the big idea that will change the way ports work in the future. We will deploy the latest technology in equipping our quays and yards, and run them with the most sophisticated terminal operation systems.
“We have a long track record of investing proactively to expand capacity at our operations to meet changing customer needs. We are building Terminal 4 from the ground up, which enables us to future proof it for smart container ships emerging in the future.”
Under phase one, Terminal 4 will add 3.1 million TEU by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port’s total capacity to 22.1 million TEU.
Terminal 4 will be equipped with semi-automated quay cranes, providing operational efficiencies for customers, comfortable and safe working conditions for employees and environmental benefits by reducing its carbon footprint.
The port will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 metres by that time.
DP World will further expand Terminal 4’s capacity to a total of 7.8 million TEU in line with market demand under phase two, with an additional operational yard with a quay length of 1,000 metres that will be built by Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC.
Zeyad Baker, Executive Director, Dutco Balfour Beatty LLC, said: “Our new partnership for this exciting new chapter in the port’s development demonstrates the long term nature of our continuous involvement in a port that emerged four decades ago to become the world’s largest man-made harbour. We thank DP World for the sustained trust they have placed in us.
Phase 1 will feature 13 of the world’s largest quay cranes, remotely operated from a sophisticated control room off the quayside.
35 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (ARMG) will operate in the yard.
Mr Bin Sulayem added: “With our four million capacity TEU Container Terminal 3 fully operational this year, Jebel Ali will have the capability to accommodate ten mega container ships simultaneously and the new Terminal 4 will increase that handling capability.
“It will be ready in time to meet the expected increase in trade over the next five years and to ensure Jebel Ali Port reinforces its position as the top commercial gateway to this region.”
When complete, T4 will operate as a dedicated container operation, including storage of full, reefer and empty containers using modern container handling equipment.
Jebel Ali and other DP World terminals in the United Arab Emirates handled 15.6 million TEU in 2015.
In 2015, DP World ‘s global portfolio of container terminals handled 61.7 million TEU.