DP World to raise its container handling capacity to 3mn TEUs by 2023 end

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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DP World, a UAE-based world leader in global supply chain solutions, is planning to add nearly 3 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of new container handling capacity by the end of the year.

DP World currently manages approximately 9 percent of the world’s handling capacity, putting it among the top five global port operators. The expansions will take its total gross capacity to 93.6 million TEUs, helping meet growing demand in key trade markets and supplying much-needed infrastructure and capacity to increase global supply chain resilience.

The firm’s capacity expansion plans come at a vital time with inflation, increased cost of living and geopolitical uncertainties causing concern about global trade and fuelling demand for faster, more resilient supply chain solutions.

According to DP World’s recent Trade in Transition 2023 report, businesses are still prioritizing growth through market expansion, citing the key drivers of export growth in 2023 to be growing demand and expansion of operations into new markets. The report also revealed the use of technology as the top reason executives remain optimistic about global trade.

Sultan bin Sulayem_DP World container capacity expansion
Sultan bin Sulayem
Group Chairman & CEO – DP World

“We are committed to investing in our infrastructure to meet the growing demand for trade. These capacity additions will further strengthen our position as a leading global supply chain solutions provider connecting economies, businesses and consumers around the world.”

Mr. Tiemen Meester, COO of Ports & Terminals, DP World, said that “We have to take a longer-term view of global economics, looking at how demand will change and how we can meet it in the most efficient way. Our medium-term target is to reach 100 million TEU a year, subject to demand.”

Alongside the physical expansion, the projects also focus on digitalization – implementing new technology and modern Terminal Operating Systems, which will further increase capacity by automating and streamlining operations within each port, thereby enabling a greater flow of trade and more efficient processes for customers.

By introducing automated equipment and smarter ways of working, DP World expects to significantly boost its handling capacity within the same physical footprint. Furthermore, automated equipment powered by electricity replaces fossil fuelled equipment, thus cutting CO2 emissions for DP World and its clients drastically.

In March, DP World announced the first commercial use of its revolutionary BOXBAY high-bay storage system at the Pusan Newport Corporation (PNC) terminal in South Korea. DP World has a 66 percent stake in PNC, which operates one of the highest-performing container terminals in Asia with a capacity of 5.3 million TEUs. The addition of BOXBAY’s technology will allow PNC to boost its efficiency even further.

DP World is also set to commence operations at Indonesia’s 600,000 TEU Belawan New Container Terminal (BNCT) in North Sumatra by the end of the year. DP World will work to increase BNCT’s capacity to 1.4 million TEUs and attract more direct calls, reducing reliance on regional hub ports, and strengthening its position as a major trade and logistics gateway in the Malacca Strait, a major shipping route.

In February, DP World won a major concession to develop, operate and maintain the Tuna-Tekra mega-container terminal at Deendayal Port on the western coast of India. Once complete, the terminal will include a 1,100-metre berth and handle 2.19 million TEUs/year, helping unlock future container traffic growth in India, catering to exports and imports from Northern, Western and Central India, reducing logistics costs and enhancing efficiencies across supply chains.

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