Dubai-based marine terminal operator DP World Limited says it handled 60 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in 2014, with gross container volumes growing by 8.9% with help from new volume at London Gateway in the UK and Embraport in Brazil.
On a like-for-like basis, ie not counting the new volume at London Gateway and Embraport, DP World says container volumes for the year grew by 8.0%.
DP World attributes the growth in 2014 largely to the Asia Pacific and India Subcontinent region, Europe and UAE terminals. The UAE delivered an impressive performance handling 15.2 million TEU, representing growth of 11.8% for the year, DP World said. Europe showed a solid return to volume growth in 2014, the company added.
At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 28.3 million TEU during 2014, a 9.5% improvement in like-for-like performance. On a reported level, the growth rate of 8.7% in consolidated volumes reflects the deconsolidation of Hong Kong assets in June last year, DP World said.
Commenting on the growth, Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said:
“With volume growth of 8.9% in 2014 we believe we have once again outperformed the expected 2014 market growth of approximately 5%. This demonstrates that a portfolio focused on origin and destination cargo and faster growing markets continues to be the right strategy to follow. Our new developments at London Gateway and Embraport contributed to our excellent 2014 performance.
“Our flagship Jebel Ali port continues to reach record highs with 15.2 million TEU handled in 2014. The opening of an additional 2 million TEU capacity in the third quarter of 2014 has alleviated constraint and will provide the capacity we need to achieve further volume growth at Jebel Ali. A further 2 million TEU is expected to come on line in the second half of this year taking total Jebel Ali capacity to 19 million TEU.
“Given the strong volume performance in 2014, we expect to meet full year market expectations. As we look ahead into 2015 we have a number of exciting developments, including new capacity coming on stream in The Netherlands, Turkey, India and The United Arab Emirates, the development of a logistics hub in Belgium and further integrated ports and logistics solutions for our customers with the completion of our JAFZA acquisition.
“Although some of our terminals continue to operate in a challenging macro environment, market conditions across the portfolio are expected to be generally favorable in 2015. This coupled with the addition of new capacity, stands us in good stead for volume growth in line or slightly ahead of the market this year.”