DP World’s flagship facility is destination of choice for 14,000 TEU CSCL Uranus
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 09, 2012:- DP World’s Jebel Ali Port proudly welcomed for the first time China Shipping Container Lines’ (CSCL) giant new addition to its service linking the UAE with China and the Far East, the MV CSCL Uranus.
To mark the vessel’s maiden call to Jebel Ali, a red carpet welcome ceremony greeted the captain and crew of the 14,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) mega vessel. Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, presented a plaque to Mr. Victor Mykhaylov, Master of MV CSCL Uranus, marking the occasion. The function was attended by HE Zhan Jingbao, Consul General, People’s Republic of China in Dubai, Captain Wan Jun, President, China Shipping (West Asia) Holding, senior officials from DP World and representatives of shipping lines.
Jebel Ali is one of the few global ports with proven ability to handle mega container ships such as CSCL Uranus, which is 366 metres long and 51 metres wide. The port management rolled out a meticulous plan to discharge and load the vessel with clockwork precision with its highly trained workforce and state-of-the-art terminal technology, including Super Post Panamax (SPP) cranes to ensure top turnaround times.
China Shipping (West Asia) Holding DMCEST operates a weekly service between Tianjin in China, Far East Asia and Jebel Ali – one of the busiest trade routes between the Far East and the GCC region. Adding the CSCL Uranus brings welcome new capacity to the service. The company, an affiliate of Shanghai-based China Shipping (Group) Company, has been a partner of DP World since 2001.
Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said:
“As we welcome CSCL Uranus and her crew, we congratulate China Shipping on the addition of this modern mega vessel focused on serving the trade between this region and China. This marks a new stage in our decade-long relationship and is another sign of the expanding trade ties betweenChinaand the UAE and GCC region.”
Captain Wan Jun, President, China Shipping (West Asia) Holding, said:
“As the largest port in theMiddle East, Jebel Ali has always been a destination of choice for us. CSCL Uranus is the first mega container vessel to be brought into service in the busy Far East-Middle East shipping route. This is a milestone in our long and enduring partnership with DP World, and we look forward to further strengthening this cooperation.”
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About DP World
DP World operates more than 60 terminals across six continents(1), with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue. In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries.
DP World aims to enhance customers’ supply chain efficiency by effectively managing container, bulk and other terminal cargo. Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of more than 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world.
The company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people, working closely with customers and business partners to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 17 consecutive years.
In 2011, DP World handled nearly 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia. With a pipeline of expansion and development projects in key growth markets, including India, China and the Middle East, capacity is expected to rise to around 103 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
(1) As of March 2012. Includes non-container terminals.