DP World Dominicana Wins Prestigious 2023 AAPA-CIP Port Industry Award of Excellence

The award recognizes DP World for its “outstanding operations” and significant economic and social contributions to the Dominican Republic.
Oct 18, 2023 9:00 AM ET
overhead view of Dominicana economic zone

Charlotte, N.C., October 18, 2023 /3BL/ - In recognition of its operational excellence and significant contributions to the local community, DP World Dominicana has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2023 AAPA-CIP Port Industry Award of Excellence in the port infrastructure development category. The award, presented by the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), highlights the company’s role in making substantial contributions through comprehensive port development initiatives. 

The award underscores DP World’s dedication to expanding its physical port infrastructure in the Dominican Republic, while making concrete and positive economic impacts on the local community.

“We are tremendously honored to receive the 2023 AAPA-CIP Port Industry Award of Excellence for our outstanding work at DP World Dominicana,” said Morten Johansen, chief operating officer (COO) of DP World Americas and chief executive officer of DP World Dominicana. “This award aligns perfectly with our strategic vision of investing in premium infrastructure assets to further enhance our end-to-end supply chain services. It exemplifies our ongoing commitment to delivering sustainable and efficient solutions to our customers, cementing our role as a driving force in the region.”

In testament to its steadfast commitment to the region, DP World just inaugurated its new air cargo logistics hub located within the Punta Cana Free Trade Zone. The expansion includes a state-of-the-art logistics center and advanced infrastructure platforms designed to facilitate the seamless integration of air, land, and sea cargo operations.

“The establishment of this hub solidifies the Dominican Republic's pivotal role as a central hub for international freight and logistics. It also propels a dynamic regional commerce strategy, aimed at attracting increased volumes of re-export and import cargo from global sectors spanning commerce, technology, industry, and agriculture,” Johansen said. 

The AAPA-CIP Award, open to both public and private ports, terminals, and port operators from the 35 Member States of the OAS-CIP, received 22 high-caliber applications from 11 countries across North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. All applicants demonstrated an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, the advancement of local economic conditions, and the cultivation of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. 

Other notable awardees include Barbados Port Inc., recognized in the "technology and innovation" category, and Santos Port Authority in Brazil, selected for "public-private alliances." Awardees will be honored during the XXXI AAPA LATAM Convention of Ports, taking place in Barranquilla, Colombia, from December 4-6, 2023.

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