DP World handles 71m TEUs, posts 2.9% volume growth

By Rajive Singh

DUBAI 6 February 2019: DP World has handled 71.4 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEU), across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 1.9 per cent year-on-year on a reported basis and 2.9 per cent on a like-for-like basis.

Gross volumes were stable in Q4 2018 despite softer volumes in the UAE and the tough year-on-year comparable (Q4 2017 grew by 10.3 per cent). The UAE handled 15.0 million TEU in 2018 down 2.7 per cent year-on-year.

At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 36.8 million TEU in 2018, a 0.8 per cent improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 1.4 per cent year-on-year on a like-for-like basis Commenting on the results, Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said, “We are pleased to see that our global portfolio has delivered growth on top of our strong prior year performance and despite the uncertainty with global trade. Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt).

“In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability.”

He added, “In 2018, we have made good progress in strengthening our product offering which will enable us to participate in a wider part of the supply chain and offer smarter long-term solutions to cargo owners. Looking ahead to 2019, we expect our portfolio to continue to deliver growth and our focus remains on delivering operational excellence, managing costs and disciplined investment to remain the trade partner of choice.”

Dubai Gazette