DP World has introduced a new coastal service for the UAE, linking its Jebel Ali hub to other ports in the country, supporting key customers by reducing supply chain bottlenecks.
The inaugural cargo of around 200 TEUs sailed from Jebel Ali Port to Ajman Port and arrived on time on October 7, 2022.
The new routes are served by a fleet of Multi-Carrier Vessels (MCVs) modified to circumvent congestion by calling in smaller berths. Shallow draft vessels use less space and can access harbor areas, where large vessels cannot fit due to their size and length and can turn around at least twice faster than large ships on short sea routes. This is particularly useful when connecting UAE coastal feeder ports with hub ports, DP World said in a statement.
Adding maritime services to the UAE’s 700 km of Arabian Gulf coastline provides customers with more efficient access to the port of Jebel Ali and potentially cuts transit times by days. Initial shipments will focus on bringing food imports to the UAE through its refrigerated transport capabilities and the evacuation of products such as cement. The multimodal offering means that export customers benefit from seamless last mile delivery once the cargo arrives at its destination port.
By moving additional volumes of containerized cargo between Jebel Ali and other ports in the UAE, DP World will connect customers and major carriers to an integrated ecosystem in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), which connects to more than 150 ports worldwide and serves more than 3.5 billion people worldwide.
“We have created this new coastal service to better support our customers in the UAE region and mitigate the rapidly rising costs of trade. We hope our customers can also enjoy a more seamless and sustainable solution along the coast of the United Arab Emirates better secure access to our global hub, Jebel Ali,” said Jesper Kristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, Marine Services at DP World.
DP World has created its Maritime Services combining its maritime solutions and the expertise of its maritime businesses, including Unifeeder and P&O Maritime Logistics, to support key customers facing supply challenges and relieve their strained supply chains.
The service starts with 2-3 calls per week, with a focus on connecting the UAE to the wider Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent and the Far East.
For the next phase of development, DP World will deploy additional MCVs and add more stops along the UAE coast. The focal point will remain the port of Jebel Ali, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the port and the trade capacity of the UAE as a whole.–TradeArabia News Service