Dubai-based operator DP World has inaugurated the latest of its container inspection facility at its flagship Jebel Ali Port.
The new facility, the largest in the region, covers an area of 7,000 square metres and provides as many as 59 customs, health and environment inspection bays.
“The new customs inspection facility operates 24/7 to keep up with the continuous increase in the capacity handling at Jebel Ali Port, as well as to promote the development of Dubai as a leading destination for business and trade, by simplifying and speeding up procedures with maintaining the security and safety of the community and the economy,” said HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director of Dubai Customs.
“In order to achieve these strategic objectives, Dubai Customs implemented the latest international system for containers scanning and inspecting and moving trucks contents via X-ray, which is capable of scanning 150 trucks per hour while driving at an average speed ranging from 8 to 15 Km/h, the equivalent of one truck every 24 seconds.”
The inauguration of the inspection facility, which serves Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2, was marked with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony was attended by high level delegations from the Ministry of Environment and Water, DP World, Dubai Customs, Dubai Municipality and World Security and a number of high level dignitaries from DP World including its Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf and Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director.
Jebel Ali Port provides market access to over two billion people across the Middle East and the wider region including Africa and the Subcontinent. Its new Container Terminal 3 (T3) due to open this year will take total capacity at the port to 19 Million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units). T3 is set to be the world’s largest semi-automated facility.