DUBAI global port operator DP World handled 18.9 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first quarter of 2021, with volumes increasing 10.2 per cent year on year, reported Bahrain’s TradeArabia.
The first quarter witnessed a strong start to the year and all three regions delivered growth, especially its terminals in India and Australia. The stabilisation in Jebel Ali (UAE) continues with the terminal handling 3.5 million TEU in quarter, up 2.6 per cent.
At a consolidated level, its terminals handled 11.2 million TEU during the first quarter of 2021, increasing 8.2 per cent on a reported basis and up 7.0 per cent year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.
“We are delighted with the strong start to 2021 with our portfolio delivering 10.2 per cent volume growth in 1Q21, which is once-again ahead of industry estimated growth of 8.9 per cent,” said DP World chairman and CEO Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
“This performance is ahead of expectations and illustrates the resilience of the global container industry, and DP World’s continued ability to outperform the market,” he said.
Trade volume growth has accelerated and DP World’s strategy of providing integrated supply chain solutions to beneficial cargo owners has allowed it to benefit from this recovery.
“All our three regions delivered robust growth, with India and Australia being the key drivers, while our flagship port of Jebel Ali (UAE) saw volumes grow at 2.6 per cent,” he said.
“Looking ahead, while the near-term trading environment is positive, we remain mindful that the economic recovery can be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical uncertainty in some parts of the world and on-going trade war.
“Overall, the strong start to the year leaves us well placed to deliver an improved performance in 2021, and despite the more benign trading environment, we remain focused on containing costs to grow profitability, managing growth capex and continued execution of our strategy of delivering supply chain solutions to beneficial cargo owners,” he said.