The service caters for what the industry calls “unaccompanied trailers” – trailers which can be transported by sea without the driver and truck cab travelling alongside them.
Instead, the trailer is left at the quay side at the port by the driver and is then pulled on and off the ship alone.
This is reportedly the first service of its kind in the UAE and runs under the name of P&O Maritime Transports – a DP World company.
The service takes approximately 36 hours to travel between Jebel Ali Port in the UAE and Umm Qasr Port in southern Iraq.
It offers a new route between the two countries for road trailers, alleviating challenges faced by customers using cross-border land transport, which can take up to 14 days, reported the logistics company.
Unaccompanied trailers are loaded on to Ro-Ro freight vessels, leaving the driver and cab behind at the port.
Once the trailer reaches Umm Qasr Port, an Iraqi truck can drive it to its destination anywhere in the country.
Once delivered, the empty trailer is then returned to Umm Qasr and shipped back to Jebel Ali.
JesperKristensen, Group Chief Operating Officer, DP World Marine Services, said: “The launch of this new route is a step change in our service offering in the UAE.“Iraq’s economy is growing rapidly, but until now it relied on transit through its neighbours for its import and export needs.
“Our new direct service starts to address this, opening a new more efficient trade route for the country.
“On top of the time and efficiency benefits, our service will also offer significant sustainability benefits.
“By shipping the trailer alone to Iraq, we expect to remove thousands of trucks from the roads every year, helping our clients reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,” Kristensen added.