The highly anticipated giant, Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP), is expected to begin operating by the end of next month.
The port will be finalized by late March 2017, according to information from the Port of Djibouti SA.
Located in the horn of Africa, and close to international channels, Djibouti is placed at a point where the Red Sea meets the Indian Ocean and supports the transportation of Ethiopia’s imports and exports.
DMP will have modern equipment, and will accommodate 100,000 dwt vessels. This is to reinforce service quality and to be a part of supporting demand across the region.
The geographical location of Doraleh Multipurpose Port provides a naturally deep large quay and 6 berths (to reach 15 berths in the second phase) at 16 to 18 meters in the first phase. The DMP will serve any conventional cargo vessels and related services. It will be linked to road and rail transport in order to develop an integrated transport and economic corridor.
The project that officially commenced in 2013 has cost USD 590 million. It has four separate terminals for handling containers, ro/ro, break bulk and bulk cargos. This port will be the biggest in Djibouti and can manage a diverse array of cargo.
The Port of Djibouti SA (PDSA) and ZPMC signed a contract on November 30, 2014 in Shanghai with the later serving as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company to build the Doraleh Multi-Purpose Port, in Djibouti.
DMP that covers 690 hectares of total land area will be another opportunity for Ethiopia’s cargo movers and sellers. Djibouti is the major outlet for Ethiopia’s import/export. The government of Djibouti is also working to attract other landlocked countries in the central part of the continent in addition to South Sudan.