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DP World's new service will help speed up delivery across the UAE's 700-kilometre Arabian Gulf coastline. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The Dubai Government owned ports operator DP World has launched a new coastal service in the UAE, which connects its Jebel Ali hub to other ports in-country. This would help key customers by easing supply chain bottlenecks.

The first shipment of around 200 TEUs sailed from Jebel Ali to the Port of Ajman and arrived on-time on October 7. These routes are serviced by a fleet of modified Multi-Carrying Vessels (MCV) to bypass congestion by calling in at smaller berths. “The shallow draft vessels use less space and can access areas of ports, where larger ships cannot fit due to their size and length and can turn around at least twice as fast as larger vessels on short-sea routes,” said DP World in a statement. “This is particularly useful when connecting UAE coastal feeder ports with hub ports.”

The addition of marine services to the UAE’s 700-kilometre Arabian Gulf coastline, gives customers more ‘efficient access’ to Jebel Ali Port, and can cut transit times by days. Initial shipments will focus on food imports into the UAE, and moving commodities such as cement, out of it.

“The multi-modal offering means export customers benefit from seamless, last-mile delivery once cargo arrives at its destination port,” the statement added.

Moving additional volumes of containerised cargo between Jebel Ali and other ports in the UAE, DP World will connect customers and main line carriers to an integrated ecosystem at the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

“We’ve created this new coastal service to better support our customers in the UAE region and mitigate the rapidly increasing costs of trade,” said Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services at DP World. “Our hope is that our customers can enjoy a more seamless and sustainable solution along the coast of the UAE, as well as secure better access to our global hub, Jebel Ali.”

In-house skills building

DP World created its Marine Services combining its maritime solutions and feedering expertise from its marine businesses, including Unifeeder and P&O Maritime Logistics, to support key customers.

The service starts with 2-3 calls per week, with a focus on connecting the UAE to the wider Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Far East.

For the next phase of development, DP World will deploy additional MCVs and add more port calls along the UAE coast. The focal point will remain the Port of Jebel Ali, thereby strengthening the competitiveness of the port and the trade capability of the UAE at large.