Maersk, DP World partner to decarbonize Jebel Ali Port, improve customer services

Maersk (Maersk) and DP World Jebel Ali Port have entered a long-term partnership through which both parties will collaborate on various aspects of service delivery and work towards a common goal of decarbonizing logistics and serve their customers better.

The long-term strategic partnership will lead to the implementation of new processes to improve quayside productivity, leading to faster gate turnaround times at Jebel Ali Port and reduced bunker fuel consumption.

These are alongside visibility tools, which will allow Maersk’s customers to benefit from real-time information relayed by DP World to plan their supply chains better and ultimately cut carbon emissions. Maersk will deploy two of its solutions for customers moving their cargo through Jebel Ali — Maersk Accelerate, a fast-tracking service through priority cargo handling, and Maersk Flex Hub, a cargo storage solution.

Lowering carbon emissions is a common goal for both companies and increasingly demanded by customers, who sit at the heart of every decision the companies take. The Intra Terminal Vehicles (ITVs) at Jebel Ali Port used at the Terminal where Maersk vessels berth will be converted from diesel ones to electric ones leading to a reduction of around 80% carbon footprint from these vehicles alone.

Shahab Al Jassmi, Vice President – Ports & Terminals, DP World UAE, said the “collaboration will help us to achieve our goal of cutting CO2 emissions by nearly 700,000 tons over the next five years. Achieving this target alone will be challenging, but by working with reliable partners such as Maersk we can accelerate our progress and offer solutions to help our partners achieve their own sustainability goals at the same time.”

DP World Chairman and Group CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem announced plans in November to invest up to US$500 million to cut CO2 emissions from its operations by nearly 700,000 tons over the next five years. The reduction in carbon emissions represents a 20% cut from 2021 levels, through electrifying assets, investing in renewable power and exploring alternative fuels.

Photo credit: iStock/ Ben Pankhurst. Jebel Ali Port

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