Somalilandsun: The 400m quay and 250,000 square meter extension at the Port of Berbera in Somaliland is finally finished; increasing the terminal’s capacity and strengthening Berbera as a major regional trade hub servicing the Horn of Africa.
This port extension construction is part of a USD 442M project aimed to transform Berbera Port into one of the leading facilities in the region. The project is led by Dubai Ports (DP) World, an Emirati multinational logistics company in charge of the management of the Port of Berbera since 2017. The project includes the expansion of the port’s storage area as well as installation of new equipment such as modern gantry cranes and reaches stackers.
“The project began early last year in three phases. First phase has already been completed and resulted in an increase of container capacity by 50% and pushed volumes by 70%. An exceptional improvement.” – Federico Banos-Linder, the Vice President of External Relations at DP World.
Currently, the port’s capacity is a round l50, 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (a measure of ship container carrying capacity) and is foreseen to expand to approximately 450, 000 TEUS after the project completion.
In addition, DP World will create an economic free zone in the surrounding area (targeting various companies ranging from logistics to manufacturing) and a USD I00M road-based economic corridor connecting Berbera with Wajaale in Ethiopia. This will further facilitate infrastructure growth and enable the Port of Berbera to connect to global markets.