Djibouti launches two major port projects

  • Djiboutian President launches Damerjog livestock port and multi-purpose Doraleh Port

Djibouti, located in the Gulf of Aden north of Somalia, commenced construction works on two major port developments this week.

Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh was on hand to help launch both the Damerjog livestock port in the country’s Arta district and a new multi-purpose facility in the Port of Doraleh. Guelleh was accompanied by Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, former chief executive officer of Dubai's DP World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and representatives from Ethiopia and South Sudan.

The two projects are being funded by the China Merchants Group, report Sabahi News.

In Damerjog, works include a new wharf measuring 675 metres to accommodate five livestock vessels simultaneously and a transit area covering five hectares for the holding of cattle. When completed, it is anticipated that as many as two million heads of cattle will move through the port in its first year, and, with an investment of just US$70 million, it is expected to generate as much as $500 million in revenue annually.

Dolareh Port is scheduled to be built in two phases and will require an investment of $400 million to help relieve neighbouring Djibouti Port. The facility will be capable of moving 29 million tonnes of cargo per year, with its 4,130 metre quay boasting as many as 15 multi-purpose berths.

“In its first phase, the port will have a length of 1,200 meters with seven berths, including a roll-on/roll-off berth and six versatile docking stations that can accommodate ships with cargo reaching 100,000 tons,” President of the Port and Free Zone Authority Abubaker Mohamed Hadi told Sabahi.

“These seven berths of the first phase will handle about 12 million tons of cargo per year.”

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