Employing customised and effective multi-carrying vessels, DP World-owned businesses P&O Maritime Logistics and Unifeeder have developed a new route in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) (MCVs).
In an effort to reduce supply chain bottlenecks, the two businesses have launched a new coastal service for the UAE that links Jebel Ali Port to other ports across the nation.
On October 7, 2022, 200 TEUS, the first intra-UAE shipment, landed at the Port of Ajman after sailing from Jebel Ali.
According to DP World, the new routes are served by a fleet of MCVS that have been modified to avoid traffic by calling smaller berths and reduce transit times by days.
“Our hope is that our customers can enjoy a more seamless and sustainable solution along the coast of the UAE, as well as secure better access to our global hub, Jebel All,” commented Jesper Kristensen, Group chief operating officer, Marine Services at DP World.
Due to their size and length, shallow draught ships may access regions of ports that larger ships cannot, and they can turn around at least twice as quickly on shortsea routes. Initial shipments, according to DP World’s release, will concentrate on transporting goods like cement out of the UAE and importing food using its reefer capabilities. DP World seeks to link clients and main line carriers to an integrated ecosystem at the Jebel Ali Free Zone by transporting increased volumes of containerized goods between Jebel All and other ports in the United Arab Emirates (JAFZA).
By merging its maritime solutions and feedering know-how from its marine companies, such as Unifeeder and P&O Maritime Logistics, DP World formed its Marine Services.
With a focus on linking UAE to the larger Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, and Far East, the service initially offers two to three calls each week.
DP World announced that it will send out more vessels and increase the number of port visits along the UAE coast for the upcoming phase of expansion.