DP World and the Government of Somaliland recently 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 Muse Bihi Abdi, President of Somaliland, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, at a special event attended by over 200 guests, including a Government delegation from Ethiopia.
The new container terminal with a deep draft of 17m, 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.
DP World has committed to investing up to US$ 442mn to develop and expand Berbera Port, and with the first phase now complete.
“With the new terminal, along with the second phase of expansion and economic zone along the Berbera corridor, we are now firmly positioned to further develop and grow our economy,” stated President Abdi.
“Our further expansion of the port in a second phase will be a viable, efficient and competitive option for trade in the region, especially for Ethiopian transit cargo,” remarked Bin Sulayem.