DP World, the world’s fourth largest terminal operator, said gross container volume advanced 10.7 per cent on a reported basis in the second quarter on the back of a rise in global trade.
Gross container volume advanced to 17,596 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) compared to 15,898 TEU in the same period last year. An increase on a reported basis includes volumes from new terminals.
The biggest growth in volumes during the quarter came from the Americas and Australia regions, which together registered a 17.1 per cent jump in the three months ended June to 2,153 TEU, compared to 1,839 a year earlier. The second biggest growth came from Europe, Middle East and Africa with 12.7 per cent, followed by Asia Pacific & India Subcontinent with 7.3 per cent.
In the UAE, volumes in the first half grew 4.3 per cent to 7.7 million TEU, and 6.6 per cent in the second quarter.
“Our portfolio has delivered ahead-of-market growth benefiting from the improved trading environment in 2017 and market share gains from the new shipping alliances, driving volumes in the second quarter,” said Sultan bin Sulayem, group chairman and chief executive.
“The robust performance was delivered across all three regions, which once again demonstrates that we have the right strategy and the relevant capacity in the key markets. We are pleased to see our terminals in the Americas and Europe continue to deliver growth. Encouragingly, UAE volumes have improved and we continue to expect our portfolio’s volume growth to outperform the market.”
Mr bin Sulayem added that based on the company’s first-half performance DP World was on track to meet full year 2017 market expectations.
The operator posted a 16 per cent rise in full-year net profit in 2016.