Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, together with a high-level delegation, has inspected progress on the first phase of the terminal operator’s Embraport project, the largest Brazilian private multi-modal port terminal in the city of Santos. The first phase of Embraport (Empresa Brasileira de Terminais) is scheduled to be completed in 2013. It is being built on a freehold site on the uncongested left bank of the Santos Estuary with deep water marine as well as rail access adjacent to Porto de Santos, an existing port facility in the city of Santos, São Paulo State. The first phase of the project will have around one million TEU (twenty foot equivalent container units) capacity and will be operated by DP World. During his visit, Bin Sulayem, also met with the port project partners and with more than 15 shipping lines and potential customers. Brazil is one of the growing and developing markets that DP World focuses on. Business Monitor International’s Brazil Shipping Report (BMI) believes 2012 will be another year of strong growth for Brazilian ports, which they say experienced growth of 7.1 per cent in total tonnage throughput in the first half of 2011. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said: “Upon opening, Embraport will contribute significantly to Brazil’s growth and will serve the nation’s logistics interests. DP World is privileged to be able to utilise its extensive experience in the development and operation of this vital and strategic multi-purpose port. We are confident that with the deployment of cutting edge technology combined with its large capacity, and the competencies of our partners, the terminal will support the development of Santos as the main port complex in the country.” Meanwhile, DP World, UAE Region has won the prestigious Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) for its work in improving the efficiency of the supply chain. The award was presented by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and patron of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport, to Mohammed Al Muallem, senior vice-president and managing director, DP World, UAE Region. DAST is an annual award organised by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). DP World, UAE Region received the award for 2012 in the Mobility Management category for its “Automated Gate System” project, which commenced operation in Jebel Ali Port in August 2010.