Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port was just named the world’s most productive port by the U.S. Journal of Commerce. It beat out 483 other ports around the world. The port has always been a leader. Back in 2007, it was ranked seventh in the world. However, Jebel Ali Port finally made it to the top.According to Arabian Supply Chain, the U.S. Journal of Commerce study ranked ports by the amount of containers per ship that they move on average per hour. Jebel Ali Port was the leader with 138 moves per vessel hour. Additionally, Jebel Ali Port is on the top list of ports that handle ships with a capacity of 8,000 TEUs or more. Most ports around the world don’t even come close to this capacity.
Jebel Ali Port is dedicated to improvement and is constantly looking for ways to increase their capacity and efficiency. The Chairman of DP World, HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem stated, “Customer service is at the heart of everything we do and we constantly invest to ensure we stay ahead of demand so our customers can maximize the efficiency of the supply chain and improve their competitiveness.” The rankings show that they’ve reached their goal.
There have been recent changes at Jebel Ali Port that have helped them rank well. In October 2014, the port opened its Container Terminal 3, increasing their total capacity to 178 million TEU. 2 million TEU more capacity will be added as the terminal becomes fully operational in the next year. That’s a growth in capacity of 12.6 percent from last year. To compete with this high capacity port, other ports must focus on customer service, improve capacity, and invest in training. That’s how Jebel Ali Port made it to the top.