duisport advises DP World in Dubai
Duisburg, 08.07.2013 | Drawing up a master plan for connecting the hinterland of the Port of Jebel Ali / duisport takes over overall coordination
DP World, one of the world’s leading port operators, has commissioned duisport with drawing up an integrated port-hinterland concept for the Port of Jebel Ali in Dubai. Part of the planned master plan is a detailed market analysis as well as a feasibility study to optimize transport chains and to develop logistics areas. Thus DP World, represented with more than 65 terminals on six continents, and the largest inland port in the world, are intensifying their partnership. “The Port of Jebel Ali is seen to be the flagship project in the Middle East. With this assignment DP World is underlining its trust in our know-how and our many years of experience in intermodal transport concepts,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG.
The Port of Jebel Ali is among the ten largest container ports in the world and, as a distribution center for the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Asia, serves a market of almost two billion people. In 2012 alone 13.3 million standard containers (TEU) were handled. In order to prepare the overall performance for future growth, DP World tendered a concept to develop the hinterland of the Port of Jebel Ali. Due to its many years of practical expertise in drawing up hinterland concepts, duisport was able to win through in the tender here against reputable consultancy companies. What was decisive was, among others, the fact that as the operator of the largest hinterland hub in the world, duisport brings comprehensive operational expertise with it.
In the next four months duisport will carry out a comprehensive market analysis in order to identify the necessary measures and infrastructure conditions to optimize the hinterland. In addition to the infrastructure, flows of goods and potential logistics areas will be investigated in particular. The target is drawing up a master plan whose implementation will strengthen the role of the Port of Jebel Ali as a distribution center and logistics hub. For this purpose particular attention is being paid to connecting the port by rail and the associated networking with the strongly growing industrial hinterland of Dubai.
“An optimal integrated hinterland concept is essential for the large sea ports to guarantee quick and efficient supply of goods to and from the port,” explains Erich Staake. “At the same time this cooperation is a further important step in our internationalization strategy, which we are continually developing.”
As early as last year duisport had prepared an integrated logistics and infrastructure concept on the “Sao Paulo - Santos Logistics Corridor” for the Brazilian government. With the consultancy assignment in Dubai, DP World and duisport are expanding their partnership. Both companies had already invested in the container terminal Antwerp Gateway in the Port of Antwerp.