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DP World and PCFC to upgrade Port of Constanta

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DUBAI : Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) and DP World have signed an agreement with the Romanian government to develop new infrastructure in the Port of Constanta.

Through this partnership, DP World expects the Romanian port to be transformed into one of the most important cargo and vehicle hubs on the Black Sea.

The country’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure aims to develop a new roll-on / roll-ff (RO-RO) terminal to boost cargo vessel traffic in the Black Sea port, which has become an important gateway for trade in East Europe.

To do this, significant investments and improved procedures will be needed to speed up the transit of RO-RO units through the port of Constanta.

According to the agreement, PCFC, a Dubai government organisation focused on the innovative use of technology to provide smart services, will work with DP World to modernise and develop the infrastructure at Pier II-S in the port.

DP World will implement the project and provide the necessary investments in physical and electronic assets.

An example of this is an X-ray scanner at the RO-RO terminal, which will significantly reduce the time required for physical inspections and enhance its operational efficiency.

“We are proud of the confidence that the government of Romania continues to show in us and look forward to delivering a world-class, integrated supply chain solution that will enhance Constanta Port and Romania’s position in the region,” said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of PCFC and Chairman and CEO of DP World.

DP World operates the Constanta South Container Terminal (CTST) under a concession agreement valid until 2049. CTST handles approximately 1.5 million TEU per year, being the largest container port on the Black Sea.

Additionally, DP World has announced plans for a new road-rail intermodal terminal in Aiud, Romania, which is expected to be operational in the first half of 2023.

The terminal will be connected by rail to Constanta, establishing a new export route for the main region of Transylvania in central Romania.

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