DP World has signed two contracts for the construction of its new container terminal on a reclaimed island in Jebel Ali port.
In phase one of the construction, Dutco Balfour Beatty, a long-standing joint venture between the Dubai Transport Company and UK-based Balfour Beatty, will develop a yard area with a quay length of 1,200 m.
BAM International Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of the Dutch Royal BAM group, will build a 400 m bridge to the reclaimed island and adjacent causeways, as well as a reclaimed 2.2 km quay wall with an alongside depth of 18 m.
In phase one, Container Terminal 4 will add 3.1m teu to the port’s capacity by 2018, taking the total capacity to 22.1m teu. In phase two, the terminal’s capacity will be expanded to 7.8m teu with an additional operational yard with a quay length of 1km.
The company’s CEO Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “We are building Terminal 4 from the ground up, which enables us to future proof it for smart container ships emerging in the future.”
The 4m teu Jebel Ali Terminal 3 is expected to be fully operational in 2016. DP World said in a statement that this will give the port the ability to handle ten mega container ships simultaneously.