The UAE’s Jebel Ali Port, the world’s largest man-made harbour, ranked first among the top 10 ports in terms of productivity for handling ships, according to a report by industry analysts Journal of Commerce (JoC).
Operated by DP World which owns 65 marine terminals across the world, Jebel Ali recorded 131 moves per ship per hour in 2014, up 10 per cent from 119 in 2013.
The ranking is based on JoC’s analysis of more than 125,000 port calls in 2014 at 771 ports worldwide and it ranked Tianjin and Qingdao – ports in China at second and third places respectively among the top 10 for the year.
Six ports from China featured in the ranking as well as one from Japan and South Korea. Sharjah’s Khor Fakkan Port, operated by Gulftainer, was listed as the tenth most productive port in the world.
Khor Fakkan Port handled 100 container moves per ship, per hour on all ship sizes. However, this was a nearly 16 per cent decrease from its productivity in 2013 when it handled 119 moves per ship, per hour.
Asian and Middle Eastern ports recorded the best productivity for ships at berth than any other ports in the world last year.
“We constantly work towards improving turnaround times for ships at our berths, which in turn delivers benefits down the supply chain to other stakeholders,” says Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World.
The Jebel Ali Port which offers sea, air and land connectivity and extensive logistics facilities plays a major role in the UAE’s economy.
The port is also on track to boost its capacity to 19 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) this year.
Once the semi-automated Terminal 3 is complete, the port will have a total annual handling capacity of 19 million TEU by the end of 2015.
DP World, led by Jebel Ali Port, handled 15.2 million TEUs in 2014. It handled 3.9 million TEU in the first quarter of 2015, representing growth of 7.7 per cent.
In the Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jebel Ali, Khor Fakkan and Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port were the most productive.
Oman’s Salalah Port was fourth and Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Port was seventh. Ports from Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium also made the regional top 10.
Productivity is defined as the average number of moves per hour for each ship. A move is the loading, offloading and repositioning of shipping containers. Gross moves for a ship is calculated by dividing the number of container moves by the number of hours the vessel spends at berth.