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13 April 2024

Jebel Ali's Dh3bn Terminal 3 becomes operational

DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem welcoming DP World customers at the new terminal. (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

Ports operator DP World said its Dh3-billion new Container Terminal 3 in Jebel Ali has become partially operational and it received the first scheduled vessel on Wednesday.

The ‘APL Phoenix’ was welcomed by DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Vice Chairman Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, UAE Region, Mohammed Al Muallem, and Prabhu GKN, Head of Operations and Network Management, Middle East and Africa Region at APL, and Capt Moses Dogbeda Kodzitse, Master of APL Phoenix, together with senior representatives of other DP World customers.

Once fully operational next year, the world’s most modern container terminal will add a further 4 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity to the port, taking total handling capacity at Jebel Ali to 19 million TEU.

With its 21st Century infrastructure and 18 metre draft, Terminal 3 gives Jebel Ali the ability to handle more of the new generation mega vessels, and as many as 10 Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) at the same time.

Terminal 3 represents innovation and technology, featuring 19 of the world’s largest and most modern quay cranes remotely operated from a sophisticated control room off the quayside, in safety and comfort, largely by Emirati nationals, including females, who will also make up the majority of the 50 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry crane (ARMG) operations team.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “We are proud to welcome the APL Phoenix to Terminal 3 as trial operations begin at our newest terminal.  As the $850 million (Dh3.11 billion) Terminal 3 comes on line, it will support the growth of Dubai, the UAE and the wider region.

“And in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s vision of transforming the city with smart systems using technology, Terminal 3 will be the world’s largest semi-automated terminal, providing operational efficiencies for customers, comfortable and safe working conditions for our people and environmental benefits by reducing our carbon footprint. Terminal 3 will be 30% more carbon efficient than a traditional terminal.”

He said: “DP World is committed to continuing to develop Jebel Ali port to meet the current and future needs of our customers. Looking ahead, the connection of Etihad Rail to Jebel Ali Port will add a further dimension to the multi-modal supply chain, seamlessly linking sea, road, rail and air through the Dubai Logistics Corridor, reinforcing Jebel Ali’s role as the premier gateway serving the wider region of two billion people.”

Kenneth Glenn, President of APL, said: “APL congratulates DP World on the opening of the Jebel Ali Terminal 3. As the world’s biggest semi-automated facility, Terminal 3 is well-equipped to provide our ships with optimal and sustainable service efficiency and reliability. This is a key success factor for the container liner business. We are very pleased to work with DP World in continuously improving the speed and efficiency of our vessel dispatch here in Jebel Ali, and throughout our global network.”