DP World, a leading provider of integrated logistics solutions, and the Government of Somaliland have inaugurated a new container terminal at the Port of Berbera, following the completion of the first phase implementation of the port’s expansion project that is meant to transform the facility into a major regional trade hub in the Horn of Africa.
The new terminal was inaugurated in a ceremony graced by His Excellency Muse Bihi Abdi, the President of Somaliland, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the Group President and CEO of DP World and attended by over 200 guests.
An overview of the new terminal
The new container terminal has a deep draft of 17 meters, a quay of 400 meters which makes it capable of handling the largest container vessels in operation in the world today.
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It also features three ships to shore (STS) gantry cranes and a modern container yard with eight rubber tire gantry cranes (RTGs). The new container terminal is expected to increases the port’s container capacity from the current 150,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 500,000 TEUs annually.
A new port One-Stop Service Centre is also being built in this terminal and it is expected to be ready in the third quarter of this year.
Second phase expansion
Speaking at the event, the Group President and CEO of DP World said that now that the first phase of the project is complete the company will embark on the second phase expansion.
This phase will include the extension of the new quay from 400 to 1,000 meters, and the installation of seven more STS gantry cranes, bringing the total number of the cranes to 10 from three.
This phase will enable the port to handle up to two million TEU containers per year, and several large container ships at the same time.