Deeper draught will allow Jebel Ali to handle up to 10 next generation 18,000 TEU capacity vessels simultaneously
DP World has completed the largest dredging programme in a decade at its flagship Jebel Ali Port.
The deeper draught will enable the port to handle up to 10 of the next generation 18,000 TEU mega vessels simultaneously – the only port in the region able to do so.
In total, 477,000 cubic metres of soil have been dredged from 2,900 metres of quay wall at the ro-ro vehicle carrier terminal, the tanker terminal and three container berths. The dredging deepened the draught of the roro and tanker berths from 10.5 to 11.5 metres, while container berths 14, 16 and 17 were extended from 14 to 16 metres.
“As more of our customers add larger vessels to their fleets, we have responded by deepening the berths to increase our efficiency as a key link in one of the busiest supply chains in the world,” said DP World chairman, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
The dredging project and further expansion works currently underway at Jebel Ali will add a further 1 million TEU of new capacity to Container Terminal 2 later this year, and another 4 million TEU capacity to Container Terminal 3 when completed in 2014. The expansion of Jebel Ali will take total capacity at the port to 19 million TEU.