Jebel Ali rolls out red carpet
The Dubai-based port operator DP World has officially opened the new extension to its container terminal 2 (T2) at its flagship Jebel Ali Port by giving a red carpet welcome to the 366 m long, 14,000 teu "MSC La Spezia". The expansion boosts Jebel Ali Port's capacity by 1 million teu, bringing the overall capacity to 15 million teu. The T2 quay wall has been extended by 400 m to 3,000 m. This allows the simultaneous handling of six mega ships. Together with container terminal 3, which is now under construction, Jebel Ali Port's capacity will reach 19 million teu by 2014 and the facility will be able to handle ten giant new generation vessels at the same time.