Berbera Port’s new container terminal in Somaliland near the Horn of Africa
with a capacity to handle five lakh TEUs a year was inaugurated on June 25th
DP World, a leading provider of integrated logistics solutions, and the
Government of Somaliland, inaugurated the new container terminal at Berbera
Port, following completion of the first phase of the port’s expansion as part
of its development into a major regional trade hub to serve the Horn of Africa.
The new terminal was officially opened by His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi,
President of Somaliland, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO
of DP World, at a special event attended by over 200 guests, including a
Government delegation from Ethiopia, led by their Excellencies Ahmed Shide,
Minister of Finance and Dagmawit Moges, Minister of Transport. The event also
included a symbolic ground-breaking for the new Berbera Economic Zone, the
first phase of which is under construction
The new container
terminal can handle the largest container vessels in operation today
The new container terminal with a deep draft of 17 meters, a quay of 400m
and three ship to shore (STS) gantry cranes, can handle the largest container
vessels in operation today, and increases the port’s container capacity from
current 150,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 500,000 TEUs annually.
The terminal also includes a modern container yard with eight rubber tyred
gantry cranes (RTGs). A new port One Stop Service Centre is also currently
being built and will be ready in quarter three this year.
DP World committed
to develop and expand Berbera Port
DP World has committed to investing up to 442 million US dollars to develop
and expand Berbera Port, and with the first phase now complete, Mr bin Sulayem
also announced that work is already underway to further expand the port in a
The overall Berbera
plan is modelled on DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai
The overall Berbera plan is modelled on DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone in
Dubai, the economic zone is linked to the port and strategically located along
the Berbera to Wajaale road (Berbera Corridor). The economic zone will serve as
a centre of trade with the aim to attract investment and create jobs, and will
target a range of industries, including warehousing, logistics, traders,
manufacturers, and other related sectors. It will allow producers, suppliers,
and customers to operate in a conducive and competitive environment for
investment and trade.
The Berbera Corridor road upgrade project is set for completion in quarter
four, 2021 and quarter three 2022, respectively. The road will link to the
existing modern highway on the Ethiopian side and position Berbera as a direct,
fast, and efficient trade route for Ethiopian transit cargo.
President of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi, speaking on the occasion said “This
is a proud and historic moment for Somaliland and its people ..we are now
firmly positioned to further develop and grow our economy through increased
trade, attracting foreign direct investment and creating jobs”.
DP World Group Chairman and CEO,Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: “It will be
a viable, efficient and competitive option for trade in the region, especially
for Ethiopian transit cargo”.
DP World Berbera, which began operations at the port in March 2017, has
since increased volumes by 35 percent and vessel productivity by 300 percent,
and reduced container vessel waiting time from four to five days, to only a few
DP World and the Ethiopian Ministry of Transport signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) in May this year, with the aim of developing the Ethiopian
side of the road linking Addis Ababa to Berbera, into one of the major trade
and logistics corridors of the country’s international trade routes.