Port congestion is a consequence of global ripple effects
Shahab Al Jassmi of DP World said: “The past two years have taught us how to adapt to meet challenges. As a port and service provider, DP World has been preparing, planning and expanding Jebel Ali for years using the latest technology and the most advanced systems and equipment. And yet, they faced challenges during the pandemic.
The reason for this, according to Al Jassmi, is that it is not just “one party’s responsibility”. When congestion occurs in Jebel Ali, or any other port, it becomes the focal point of media and shipper attention. But there are many stakeholders in the sea freight supply chain, including traders, shipping companies, truckers, shippers, and various governments and authorities playing various key roles.
Over the past two years, DP World has faced many complexities while supporting different parts of the supply chain. For example, when a ship leaves the Far East, it makes many stops in many different countries before arriving at Jebel Ali.
Elaborating further, Al Jassmi said that during the pandemic, many countries drastically changed many rules to cope with changing scenarios and Jebel Ali had to follow the changes in various ports before the ship arrived. And then, before he leaves, they have to make sure he’s able to dock at ports further upstream along the ship’s route.
Operations in Jebel Ali have consequently been affected by these changing rules in terms of planning the stowage of the vessel, delay of services in previous ports and, most importantly, in terms of documentation before the vessel arrives and departs. ulterior.
Al Jassmi said that Dubai has worked very hard to automate as much documentation as possible to streamline the requirements of different countries and that DP World has worked closely with customers to overcome the challenges of changing documentation requirements of various port authorities and Governments.
Today, congestion is the result of a complex interaction between the changing needs and situations of multiple stakeholders and does not depend solely on the efficiency of a port authority or a terminal operator. “So we have to make compromises and we have to find customized solutions. This is the life of a terminal operator,” Al Jassmi concluded.