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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

New port productivity records set by Jebel Ali and Haifa

Increased levels of automation within port operations, combined with the trend towards ever larger vessels, is resulting in record levels of productivity for loading and unloading.

DP World’s flagship port at Jebel Ali set a record average of 131 container moves per ship per hour over the course of last year, an increase of 10% on 2013 figures, according to data from the Journal of Commerce (JOC).

“DP World’s commitment to be the best in the world is in line with the vision for Dubai,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, said. “The productivity achievement is also a reflection of our unshakeable belief that investing in our people and technology is the best way to deliver service excellence to our customers and support Dubai and the UAE’s development.”

The port is currently undergoing extensive development by DP World with its semi-automated Terminal 3 now nearing completion. The new terminal will feature 19 remote-controlled quay cranes and, once fully operational at the end of this year, will increase annual handling capacity at the port to 19 million TEU.

DP World handled 15.2 million TEU in 2014 in its home UAE Region, and saw growth of 7.7% in the first quarter of 2015 alone, handling 3.9 million TEU over that period.

Haifa sets new productivity record of 318.8 moves per hour

Israel’s Port of Haifa meanwhile set a new record for the highest number of containers moved per ship per hour, achieving 318.8 moves last week while processing the 6,200 TEU capacity ZIM Los Angeles.

The productivity milestone was achieved using six ship-to-shore cranes at the port’s Carmel Terminal and the crew at the site also broke the record for the highest number of moves from an individual crane with the G21 crane achieving 74.7 container moves per hour.

"We understand what is required of us. Service excellence and high productivity are the cornerstones of this port’s future, and we will only continue to improve in all areas. We challenge the shipping line decision makers to test us,”  Mendi Zaltzman, CEO of Haifa Port said.

Operate by the government-owned Haifa Port Company, the port is the largest in Israel and around 67% of its traffic is container handling, with 1.4 million TEU processed in 2012.

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