Huge expansion planned for Gulf port
Mar 10, 2003
So you thought a lot of money was being spent on expanding the port of Durban?
Think again. The Jebel Ali port in the emirate of Dubai is about to embark on a US1.14 billion (R8.8Bn) expansion programme aimed at increasing container capacity.
According to information provided at a press conference recently, three new terminals with 82 additional berths will be provided, equipped with 125 quayside container cranes. The project will be carried out in four phases over the period ending 2020.
Phenomenal growth over the past two years had made the development necessary, said a Jebel Ali spokesman, saying that it was vital that levels of infrastructure corresponded adequately with the portís requirements.
The Dubai Ports Authority handled about 4.2 million TEUs during 2002, which was an increase of 20 % over 2001.
Dubai is the major trading hub for the regionís seven United Arab Emirates and is situated within the Persian Gulf serving a large part of the Middle East as well as the Indian sub-continent, Northeast Africa and sections of Central Asia.