Port operator DP World has been cleared of all charges over its operation of the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) in Djibouti, according to a statement from the Dubai Media Office.
The Djibouti government, which accused DP World of making illegal payments to secure its operating rights for the terminal in 2014, was ordered to pay DP World’s legal costs and arbitration by the London Court of Arbitration in the UK.
Djibouti claimed the Dubai-based port operator had illegally paid Abdourahman Boreh, head of Djibouti’s country’s port and free zone authority, to ensure the rights to run the container port in 2006.
All claims against Boreh were dismissed in March 2016.
In 2000, DP World and the Djibouti Government established a joint venture, with the signing of a 20 year concession to operate the Port of Djibouti, with the partnership leading to a joint venture investment in the DCT.
DCT was opened in 2008 and is the most technologically advanced container terminal on the African continent.
It is located 11 kilometres south of the Autonomous Port of Djibouti, a strategic location at the crossroads of the main shipping lanes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.