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DP World expansion on track

Expanded Terminal 2 scheduled to open in second quarter

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Dubai : DP World said on Sunday that expansion work at the Jebel Ali port is on track, as the Dubai-based company looks to ramp up the capacity at its flagship facility to meet growing demand.

The expanded container terminal 2 at Jebel Ali is scheduled to open for business in the second quarter of 2013, DP World said in an emailed statement.

Work on the new terminal 3, across the harbour from terminal 2, is also well underway to open in 2014 and take Jebel Ali’s total capacity to 19 million TEUs, the statement added.

“For well over a year now, DP World, UAE region has been handling volumes of more than 1 million TEU every month. With our customers now deploying ultra large container ships, Jebel Ali is racing ahead with its capacity expansion to meet their demand,” Mohammad Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director for the UAE region at DP World, said in the statement.

The Jebel Ali port will be able to handle 10 of the next generation 18,000 TEU mega vessels at the same time once the expansion work is complete, DP World said.

In the first nine months of the year, DP World said its UAE region handled 9.98 million TEU, up 4.6 per cent on year.