Jebel Ali Port's new inspection facility opens
Dubai, April 20, 2014
DP World has inaugurated the largest and latest container inspection facility at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.
The new facility, which serves Jebel Ali Container Terminal 2, is one of the largest inspection facilities in the region, spanning over 7,000 sq m and providing 59 customs, health and environment inspection bays.
Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water; Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality; Jassim Mohammed Al Zaabi, director general of General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones; Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, vice chairman, DP World; Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs; Mohammed Sharaf, Group CEO, DP World; and Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice president and managing director, DP World, UAE region, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new facility.
The facility is equipped with the latest technologies to inspect inbound cargo containers arriving through the 6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) capacity Terminal 2.
Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad said: “Sustainability represents a cornerstone of the policy of the UAE development, and has been adopted as a major axis of Expo 2020, the international event that we are all proud to work and be ready to host in Dubai. This new facility at Jebel Ali, the port gateway and the biggest transit of imports to the UAE, is a great achievement and an important contribution to the promotion and the efficiency of procedures for quarantine and veterinary, and in our efforts to sustain environmental security and higher rates of bio-security and food. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate DP World on its prestigious achievements, and the transforming of Jebel Ali Port into a mega hub port.”
Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah said: “The new inspection facility allows Dubai Municipality inspection teams to provide more efficient services for imported agricultural and food products coming to Dubai and the UAE, with an annual volume of over 10 million tons, equal to almost 60 per cent of our nation’s imports. This facility will add value to insure Dubai provides the best service, with the increase in local demand for such products from both residents and visitors as well as to cater to the large influx of tourists expected in the run-up to the EXPO 2020 event."
Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director of Dubai Customs, said: "The new customs inspection facility operates 24/7 to keep up with the continuous increase in the capacity handling at Jebel Ali Port.
"Dubai Customs has implemented the latest international system for containers scanning and inspecting and moving trucks contents via X-ray, which is capable of scanning 150 trucks per hour while driving at an average speed ranging from 8 to 15 Km/h, the equivalent of one truck every 24 seconds. Linking the Container Scanning System with the Custom’s Declaration System to be fed with information from different sources helps in identifying suspected shipments with great accuracy, raising the commitment and the fight against the illicit trade in line with the vision of Dubai Customs," he said.
The new inspection facility includes dedicated areas for custom’s inspection, and for health and environment inspections. The new facility provides parking space for more than 90 trucks.
Jebel Ali Port's new Container Terminal 3 (T3) due to open this year will take total capacity at the port to 19 million TEU. T3 is set to be the world’s largest semi-automated facility. - TradeArabia News Service