DP World pointed to investment in port digitalisation as a means of minimising disruption during pandemic and said a port call at Jebel Ali by the 24,000-TEU HMM Gdansk signifies Dubai’s resilience as a global trading hub
One of the world’s largest container vessels, HMM Gdansk has called in Jebel Ali on the return leg of its maiden international voyage between Asia and Europe.
DP World said Hyundai Merchant Marine’s 24,000-TEU, 400-m Panama-flagged newbuilding mega vessel’s visit underscores the port’s capability and resilience as the region’s premier gateway port on the Asia-Europe sea trade route.
DP World added that Jebel Ali is one of the few ports in the Middle East Gulf region connected to the arterial Far East 3 (FE3) loop with the ability to accommodate up to 10 mega vessels at a time and a handling capacity of 22.4M TEU.
DP World chief executive and managing director for the UAE region Mohammed Al Muallem said “We are honoured to welcome HMM Gdansk and its crew, who are steadfastly plying the global shipping routes to keep essential trade flowing. It is something we could closely identify within DP World, especially as our teams kept critical supplies such as food and medicines moving smoothly through Jebel Ali during the recent lockdown. The port call by one of the largest container carriers is a testimonial to Jebel Ali’s true strength and capacity.”
“Our early investment in digital technology and automation ensured we faced minimal disruption at Jebel Ali Port. We employ today’s frontline technologies such as robotics, automation, internet of things, big data, virtual reality and cyber security to build and sustain our efficiencies. This has underpinned our capabilities as an essential economic service at a time when our customers need us most.”
HMM Gdansk arrived from DP World’s London Gateway before sailing to Singapore, its next call in a journey that began in Busan, South Korea on 29 June 2020, with calls at Yantian, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp.
Jebel Ali Port is the Emirate’s gateway for over 80 weekly shipping services, connecting more than 150 ports worldwide. Dubai is also targeting the resumption of its cruise season and said it has strict safety protocols in place.