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Dubai World Launches Online Ship Tracking Platform

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

05 November 2012

Dubai World has developed an innovative e-service which provides the exporting community with real-time information on commercial vessels sailing to and from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai to more than 700 major seaports around the world.

The Vessel Schedules e-Service, which was launched on October 30, 2012 by Dubai Trade, a subsidiary of Dubai World, offers valuable vessel information from a single reference point.

The service aims to make searching for specifics relating to a vessel as simple as searching for an airline schedule. Users need only to enter the destination port and the expected departure date to search for transiting ships. This is designed to help shipowners to better plan their operations and choose the most convenient dates, routes and vessels for their shipments and make the relevant bookings at Jebel Ali well in advance. The schedules are to be updated on a daily basis, with data inputted by shipping lines and their local agents. The service is also integrated with the system at DP World to display rotation number and operation type for vessels with confirmed berth bookings in Jebel Ali.

Commenting on the new service, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Dubai Trade's Chairman, said: “The Vessel Schedules service is a clear example of how Dubai Trade’s pursuit of innovation can lead to practical solutions that enhance the operational efficiency of the trading community in the UAE, supporting Dubai’s leading position in international trade."

Mahmood Al Bastaki, Dubai Trade's Chief Executive Officer, added: “Up to now, traders and forwarders in the UAE had to individually seek schedules of departures from each shipping line or its local agent. Now, with this service all schedules, along with other required information, such as vessel details, transit days and transhipment information, are combined in one source and made available in real time for our portal users. At a glance, they can compare the various schedules of different shipping lines and choose the fastest or most convenient option for them or their clients, thus saving time, cost and increasing their operational efficiency.”

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