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Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port has been named the world’s most productive port by analysts at the Journal of Commerce (JOC) in the Port Productivity Data report
Productivity is defined as the average of the gross moves made by Ship-To-Shore (STS) cranes for each vessel call recorded. Gross moves for a ship call is calculated by dividing the number of container moves (onload, offload and repositioning) by the number of hours the vessel spends at berth.
The data was compiled by JOC analysts after they surveyed 771 ports worldwide. According to the data, DP World’s Jebel Ali Port recorded 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up by 10 per cent from 119 in 2013.
The semi-automated Terminal 3 is nearing completion, after which Jebel Ali will be able to handle far larger container vessels. When fully operational, T3 with its 19 remote-controlled quay cranes will raise Jebel Ali Port’s total annual handling capacity to 19mn TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) by the end of 2015.
DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said, “The productivity achievement is 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 JOC ranking is based on analysis done on 125,000 port calls in 2014 according to which the Dubai port has been placed ahead of all surveyed ports. Six ports from China too made their way to the top ten.
Overall, Asian and Middle Eastern ports recorded the best productivity for ships at berth, added the report.