Dubai Ports (DP) World officially opened on Wednesday a new extension to container terminal 2 at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in the western part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The new expansion will increase the capacity of the world's largest man-made container port by 1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) to 15 million TEU.
The addition will also extends the quay wall at terminal 2 by 400 meters to 3,000 meters and allow simultaneous handling of six mega ships, said DP World in an e-mailed statement.
"Together with container terminal 3, which is now under construction, Jebel Ali Port will reach 19 million TEU capacity by 2014 and will be able to handle 10 of the giant new generation vessels at the same time -- the only port in the region able to do so," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman f DP World.
On the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony, Bin Sulayem welcomed one of the largest container ships, the 2010-built MSC La Spezia.
DP World is the third biggest maritime container port company in the world, controlling 65 commercial ports on all continents.