Doraleh Port opens for business

The state of the art logistics facility, Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP), has officially commenced operation since it hosted Eukor Asian Captain Vessel on the night of April 16 in the presence of Djibouti government officials.
The huge port facility was completed in March to provide a service for all types of cargos.
According to the information that Capital obtained from the Port of Djibouti SA (PDSA) the first shipment at the port arrived last week. The other vessel, Hoegh Autoliners Alliance Fairfax, also docked at port the next day.
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 is equipped with modern facilities that can that can accommodate 100,000 dwt vessels. This is to reinforce service quality and to be a part of supporting Ethiopian and 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 all 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 is the biggest in Djibouti and can manage a diverse array of cargo.
DMP that covers 690 hectares of total land area is 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 continentg