DP World and SMS group form joint venture to improve container handling in ports

DP World has created a joint venture with the industrial engineering specialists SMS group with the aim to improve containers handling in ports. Originally developed by AMOVA, a subsidiary of the SMS group, this new high bay storage system continuously processes metal coils weighing up to 50 t in racks as high as 50 m. Instead of stacking containers directly on top of each other, which has been global standard practice for decades, the system places each container in an individual rack comportent. The containers are stored in an eleven-story rack, doubling its capacity compared to a conventional container terminal. This new system will be used for the first time at Jebel Ali Terminal 4, just in time for the Dubai Expo 2020 world fair.

Official launch of the Berbera Port expansion

Few days ago, during a groundbreaking ceremony organized in Somaliland, the first phase of the building of the Berbera port’s expansion has begun. It has been officially launched by the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Adi and the DP World Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. This step will gather a 400m quay, 250 000 square meters of expansion and a free zone dedicated to create a new regional trading hub. To carry out this construction, DP World Berbera chose its partner Shafa Al Nadha Contracting, which have been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal as well as the Port of Maputo expansion in Mozambique.

Photo: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World Group

Konecranes deliveres six forklift trucks to DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1

DP World’s Jebel Ali Terminal 1 has taken a delivery of six Konecranes forklift trucks. Ordered in November 2017, the forklift trucks delivered in June are the model Konecranes SMV16-1200C with a lifting capacity of 16 metric tons at 1200 millimetres and a wheelbase of 3750 millimetres. To fulfil DP World’s safety requirements the machines are equipped with overload protection system, disabled forklift operation when seatbelt is disengaged and Groeneveld Greensight reverse system, which is an obstacle detection system combining reverse camera with ultrasound sensors for enhanced safety. Yahya Al Suwaidi, Manager Plant Workshop T1, DP World UAE Region, said: “Since we have very demanding operations we need machines with high productivity and minimum downtime. Due to the quality and reliability of the machines together with excellent aftersales support we choose Konecranes.”

DP World has 65 marine terminals across six continents with Jebel Ali Port, voted as the best seaport in the middle east, as their flagship facility.