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|Traded as||LSE: DPW
NASDAQ Dubai: DPW
|Headquarters||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman
Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Vice Chairman
Mohammed Sharaf, CEO
Anil Wats, COO
Yuvraj Narayan, CFO
|Products||Ferries, port services, logistics services|
|Revenue||$3,121 million USD|
Number of employees
DP World is an Emirati marine terminal operator. The company is based in Dubai and is one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world. The company operates more than 60 terminals across six continents, with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue. In addition, the company has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries. In 2011, DP World handled nearly 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia. With a pipeline of expansion and development projects in key growth markets, including India, China and the Middle East, capacity is expected to rise to around 92 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand. It employs 30,000 people. A majority of the company is owned by Dubai World
The company was founded in 2005 by merging Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International (which had been founded in 1999). It purchased Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) of the United Kingdom in 2006 for £3.9 billion ($7 billion), which was at the time the world's fourth largest ports operator. Shares representing 20% of the company were floated on the NASDAQ Dubai stock exchange in 2007. The company does not currently operate in the United States where its purchase of a number of U.S. ports led to high-level controversy.
Dubai Ports International (DPI) was founded in 1999. Its first project was at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, collaborating with a local partner on the management and operation of the South Container Terminal (SCT). DPI then went on to develop operations at the ports of Djibouti in 2000, Vizag, India in 2002 and Constanta, Romania in 2003. In January 2005, DPI acquired CSX World Terminals (CSX WT). It was later, in September 2005 that Dubai Ports International officially merged with the Dubai Ports Authority (DPA) to form DP World. The rapid expansion through acquisition continued in March 2006 when DP World purchased the fourth largest ports operator in the world, The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) for £3.9 billion ($7 billion).
2006: US Port security controversy
The ownership of various U.S. ports by DP World (which had been acquired as part of the P&O deal) was seen as highly controversial by many in the United States even though it was supported by the U.S. president of the time (George W. Bush); the US ports were sold shortly afterwards.
P&O operated major U.S. port facilities in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Miami. Before the deal was secured, the arrangement was reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States headed by the U.S. Treasury Department and including the Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security. It was given the green light, but soon after, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress expressed concern over the potential negative impact the deal would have on port security.
On 22 February 2006, President George W. Bush threatened to veto any legislation passed by Congress to block the deal, which would be the first time in his presidency he would exercise the privilege. In a statement to reporters, Bush claimed, "It would send a terrible signal to friends and allies not to let this transaction go through." On 23 February 2006, DP World volunteered to postpone its takeover of significant operations at the seaports and on 9 March 2006, is said that it would transfer its operations of American ports to a "U.S. entity".
The United States House of Representatives held a vote on 16 March 2006 on legislation that would have blocked the DP World deal, with 348 members voting for blocking the deal, and 71 voting against. DPs World later sold P&O's American operations to American International Group's asset management division, Global Investment Group for an undisclosed sum.
In August 2006, DP World signed an agreement with the Port Qasim Authority, to invest in a new container terminal at Port Muhammad Qasim near Karachi and announced that it was in discussions with the Pakistani Government about the development of a container terminal at Gwadar in Balochistan. DP World had been favourite to win the Gwadar concession, but withdrew from the bidding. Gwadar Port was subsequently awarded to PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) and opened in March 2007.
2007-2010: NASDAQ Dubai listing
In June 2007 the company raised $3.25 billion in Islamic and conventional bond sales to refinance existing debt and fund expansion and issued 3.818 billion shares, representing 20% of the company on the NASDAQ Dubai stock exchange in November 2007 in what was the Middle East's largest initial public offering (IPO) which raised 4.96 billion dollars.
By 2008 the company was handing 46.8 million TEU worldwide, up 8% on 2007, with expansion and development projects in India, China, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Capacity was expected to rise to around 95 million TEU over the next ten years.
In December 2009 Moody's downgraded DP World's financial status to junk after the Dubai 2009 debt standstill. By 2008 the company was handing 46.8 million TEU worldwide, up 8% on 2007, with expansion and development projects in India, China, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Capacity was expected to rise to around 95 million TEU over the next ten years.
2010 – present: London dual listing
In the second quarter of 2010 DP World gave the go-ahead for construction of the £1.5 billion London Gateway port. Work started in February 2010 with the port due to open in the fourth quarter of 2013. By April 2011, Moody's upgraded DP World's financial status to 'investment grade'. In June 2011, the company dual listed on the London Stock Exchange. Since December 2010, DP World has undertaken a series of asset disposals, exiting markets where it does not have a significant presence and seeking to redeploy funds in fast-growing markets.
Supply Chain Security
DP World has been certified as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C‑TPAT) initiative by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol - to date, the only international port operator to have achieved this recognition. This certification is primarily based on DP World's commitment to the independently audited international ISO 28000 security standards. DP World was the first global maritime terminal operator to achieve ISO 28000 supply chain security certification and is rolling out the standard to all its terminals
In June 2012, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DP World convened the second high-level, public-private counterpiracy conference, in Dubai. The Washington Post reported "Diplomats and business leaders...are pushing for stronger partnerships between the public and private sectors in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia".
The April 2011 conference was the first time companies rather than governments had contributed financial support to the UN counter-piracy trust fund. The inaugural conference was attended by more than 65 governments and representatives of international organisations, including the United Nations and more than 120 leaders from maritime industry related companies.
DP World sponsor the newly re-titled DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, played at Jumeirah Golf Estates. For the first three editions of the tournament previously known as "The Dubai World Championship", DP World had been a presenting sponsor. DP World also support the Hong Kong Open, the penultimate event on The Race to Dubai and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.
Location of DP World's operations
DP World operate more than 60 terminals across six continents, with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue. In addition, the company has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries.
The company employs more than 30,000 people and is headquartered in Dubai, UAE.
The table below lists current terminals and new developments managed by DP World.
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- UPDATE 2-DP World sells Hong Kong assets for $742 mln | 7 March 2013
- DP World joins partnership against terrorism.
- Gulf firm is first international port operator to be certified for security by U.S.
- 2nd UAE Counter-Piracy Conference Renews Commitment To Public Private Partnership
- Washington Post | Dubai piracy conference calls for comprehensive approach involving governments, private sector | 28 June 2012
- Bloomberg Businessweek | Diplomats, businessmen urge tougher piracy fight | 19 April 2011
- UN Secretary-General's message to Conference on "Global Threat, Regional Responses: Forging a Common Approach to Maritime Piracy" | 18 April 2011
- PGA European Tour News | DP World | 11 December 2011
- China - Qingdao
- EyeFortransport | QQCTN opens for business
- APM Terminals | Qingdao Terminal Map
- QQCT News QQCTU Signing ceremony held in Qingdao
- QQCTUA | Geographical Location
- China - Tianjin
- China - Yantai
- Hong Kong - CT3
- Indonesia - Surabaya
- Philippines - Manila
- South Korea - Pusan
- Thailand - Laem Chabang
- Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City
- India - Chennai
- India - Cochin
- India - Kulpi (New Development)
- India - Mundra
- India - Nhava Sheva
- India - Visakhapatnam
- Pakistan - Qasim
- Argentina - Buenos Aires
- Brazil - Santos (New Development)
- EMBRAPORT | Project Features
- Canada - Nanaimo
- Canada - Vancouver
- Dominican Republic - Caucedo
- Peru - Callao
- Suriname - Paramaribo
- Suriname Ports Handbook
- Australia - Brisbane
- Australia - Fremantle
- Australia - Melbourne
- Australia - Sydney
- Algeria - Algiers
- Algeria - Djen-Djen
- Djibouti - Djibouti
- Djibouti - Doraleh
- Mozambique - Maputo
- Senegal - Dakar
- Senegal - Dakar (New Development)
- Dakar Port Authority | Presentation | Development Program
- DP World Cargo Services
- Belgium - Antwerp Gateway
- Belgium - Delwaide
- DP World Intermodal | Beverdonk Container Terminal (BCT)
- France - Fos
- France - Fos (New Development)
- France - Le Havre
- GM Portuaire| Terminal de France
- GM Portuaire| Quai des Amériques
- GM Portuaire| Quai de l'Europe
- Germany - Germersheim
- Netherlands - Rotterdam (New Development)
- Romania - Constanta
- Spain - Tarragona
- Turkey - Yarimca (New Development)
- UK - London Gateway (New Development)
- UK - Southampton
- Egypt - Sokhna
- Egypt - Sokhna (New Development)
- Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
- DP World upgrading Al Hamriya Port
- Dubai - Port Rashid
- Dubai - Jebel Ali
- UAE - Jebel Ali (New Development)
- dpworld.ae | Terminals| Dubai Ports | Facilities
- UAE - Jebel Ali Terminal 3 (New Development)
- Fujairah - Fujairah Port
- DP World - Global
- BBC story on takeover of P&O
- Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick's letter to President Bush regarding the DP World ports purchase
- SourceWatch article on DP World