Published On: Sun, Mar 25th, 2012

Djibouti to Double Capacity at Doraleh Container Terminal

Bloomberg - Djibouti will invite bids to expand the Doraleh Container Terminal, partly owned by DP World Ltd. (DPW), in the fourth quarter, the Port and Free Zone Authority said.

Capacity will double to 3 million TEU containers, or twenty-foot equivalent units, annually once the $300 million expansion project is completed by 2015, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chief executive officer of the authority, said in an interview today in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

“We are in talks with China, the World Bank and African Development Bank on the project,” Hadi said. “Djibouti is a small market but we are increasing traffic to the hinterland.”

Djibouti’s $982 million economy relies on services related to its strategic location on the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. The country, with a population of less than 1 million, hosts about 2,500 personnel at a U.S. military base and it’s used by foreign navies patrolling shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for Somali pirates.

The main port is used to ferry shipments in and out of landlocked neighboring Ethiopia and is a hub for trans-shipment trade off Africa’s eastern coast through to Durban, South Africa, Hadi said.

Djibouti also plans to build as many as five new ports, including one in Tajourah that will handle mineral and potash exports from neighboring Ethiopia, Hadi said. That will cost $180 million and should be operational by 2015, he said. Another port is planned in Ghoubet for salt sales abroad, he said.

Djibouti aims to increase refined oil storage at Doraleh by one-third by mid-2014 and build a facility to handle crude shipments after signing a memorandum of understanding last month with South Sudan on construction of an oil pipeline, Hadi said.

DP World, the Dubai government-controlled port operator, and Djibouti formed a joint venture in 2000 to develop the Doraleh terminal with the signing of a 20-year concession.

Source: Bloomberg

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  1. osman5 says:

    Djibouti's small port is expanding on the expenses of Somaliand's lack of investors.
    But If our quest for a broad investors whether it's in or aboard continues we'll surpass Djibouti economically with no time.

    Osman qaal

    • ali ali says:

      Well bare in mind khaatumo & awdal state
      They are leaving “naaso hablood add-min”
      Have your little dream as usual.

      • Abdiwahab says:

        YEAH RIGHT THESE RAGTAGS WILL BE CRUSHED IF THEY TO CHANGE THE BORDERS OF SOMALILAND
        LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC

        • ali ali says:

          OOH PLS DON’T CRUSH US THIS IS SCARY….
          WE BEEN USING GUNS BEFORE YOU, AS WE SPEAK STILL PULLETS ARE FLYING ALL….. DIRECTIONS,1)THE BORDER YOUR TALKING ABOUT NO ONE IS RECOGNIZE ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD,LET THE NAASO HABLOOD ADDMIN KEEP DREAMING,KHAATUMO & AWDAL TEHY ARE HERE TO STAY FOR EVER.

          • Jambazi says:

            Last time I check Somaliland flag is raised las annony, oog, gambadle, tukaraq erigavo ceel afweyn, sooljogto and Somaliland army was at boodyhodle,s outskirt. So where is khatumo-seeg you are talking about.

          • ali ali says:

            This flag it’s not recognize any where In The world, it does not even represent
            The whole population of somali north… Accept”naso hablood addmin”,last time i Check nations flag search in The UN…. liberary i could not find This flag your
            Runing around like mad dog,i don’t Think
            And it’s imposible to rise This small Flag in These cities lascanood & buhodle
            May be somewhere in The bushes,may i… Add Stop using This small flag parties Or Concerts because it’s writen on(in The name of allah & his massenger) well Khatumo & awdal are here to stay,know This is Their land & when The land…. Belongs to you every Thing is your side.
            To all naso hablood people before your Dead body been sent in body bag leave This area.

    • Xarago says:

      Walaal Sland is with in Somalia Republic remember that, Djibouti is sovereign country so there is two different.

  2. Issa says:

    Live djibouti is nice pupil we are nisss on love

  3. Issa says:

    We are one family

  4. kamal ahmed says:

    djibouti it’s hot as hell,people chew mira 24/7 unproductive They relay on frog left over or frech left over.

  5. Ahmed says:

    Great news! Somaliland folks can fantasize on overtaking Djibouti as the region's prime ports and hub as much as they want, but the reality speaks for itself. There is also the Tadjoura port under contruction and 2 new ports in Goubet and Damerjog that are planned as well. When it comes to ports and logistics, we simply are the best and intend on staying so…

    You'll not see a Djiboutian unhappy about Somaliland projects and accomplishment, why is it that you hate us? Aren't we the same people? Aren't we brothers? Xaasidnimo meel laguma gaadhee ina dhiga walaaleyal o inta ad na so egeysiin idinku wax qabsada sideena.

  6. ali habergadir says:

    kkkkkkk

  7. daahir says:

    are you alread

  8. bilal jama says:

    what it’s going on here.

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