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Old April 6th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #1
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MODJO and SEMERA | Dry Ports | Br 220million | U/C

Dry Ports to Receive 220m Br Expansion

The Dry Port Service Enterprise (DPSE) is to undertake a 220 million Br expansion project as the second phase of the work it has done so far.
The DPSE, which was established with a capital of 500 million Br by the decision of the Council of Ministers in 2007, started out with a dry port built at a cost of 30 million Br in Modjo, 76km east of Addis Abeba in the Oromia Regional State. That was followed by a second one in Semera, Afar Regional State, which was inaugurated last Thursday, March 25, 2010. It was constructed at a cost of 28 million Br. This port occupies 108ht.
“These two are the first phase of the construction,” Ewnetu Taye, general manager of the enterprise, said. “We have planned to finalise the whole construction of both dry ports in three to four years.”
The expansion project of the dry ports in Modjo and Semera will include warehouses, container packaging equipment, cranes, parking lots, telecommunications lines, and buildings that will be used for offices by the Ethiopian Shipping Lines, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), and Ethiopian Maritime Services Enterprise (EMSE).
“We have opened an office at the Semera dry port and we are waiting for goods to be imported through this port,” Emebet Shawel, operations department head of EMSE, said.
The DPSE will get 170 million Br from the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), whose board has approved the loan three weeks ago, according to an official at DBE. The remaining 50 million will be covered from the enterprise’s budget.
The Modjo and Semera dry ports were constructed by Norinco-Lalibela and the Water Works Construction Enterprise. The DPSE has put out a tender for the next phase. It will take a total of 1.2 billion Br to set up all the facilities to complete the DPSE, according to Ewnetu.
The Modjo port alone has saved 1.5 million Br in government expenditures by cutting the time it took to move cargo from Djibouti to Ethiopia from 30 days to 10. The port had entertained 9,568 containers by November 2009, out of which 3,717 were empty containers, and 330 vehicles. The port has made 65.6 million Br from its services.
Though the enterprise is ready to attend to the demands of exporters, only one exporter is using the Modjo Dry Port at present.
The Semera Dry Port will tend to the needs of vehicle importers, according to Ewnetu. The enterprise is using machinery that has been rented from Rich Stacker, a Dutch company.
“The construction of the dry port will have a significant role in the development of the region,” Awol Micke, head of the finance and economic development bureau of the Afar Regional State, told Fortune.
After going fully functional, the two dry ports will be able to store 70pc of the country’s imports. Studies have been completed for additional dry ports in Moyale, Woyito, Hawassa (Awassa), Dire Dawa, Jimma and Mekele.

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Old May 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM   #2
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Completion of Modjo dry port expansion one month overdue

Completion of Modjo Dry Port Expansion One Month Overdue
Written by Fortune Sunday April 17, 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011 13:01

Number of WWCE’s new interlocking bricks falls short of required amount

The completion of the expansion of Modjo Dry Port has been delayed by more than a month.

The seven-hectare expansion project being undertaken by Water works Construction Enterprise (WWCE) is estimated to cost around 254 million br.

A Total of six companies had companies had shown interest in the tender that was floated for the project. However, WWCE, which was established as an independent enterprise in 1994, did not make an offer.

WWCE, which is primarily engaged in the expansion of water works, irrigation and sugar projects, was approached by the Dry Port Service Enterprise (DPSE).

The DPSE, which was established by the council of ministries Br in 2007, has built two dry port facilities. One is on a 61 ht plot in Modjo Town, located 73 km east of Addis Ababa in Oromia Regional State, while the other is on a 160 ht plot in Semera Town located 550 km northeast of the capital, in Afar Regional State.

Modjo and Semera dry ports were built by Norinco –Lalibela and WWCE, respectively.

The cost of estimate provided by the company for the expansion was 28 million Br less than the offers made by other bidders, according to Abebaw Achamyeleh, manager of marketing and communication at the DPSE.

The expansion is partly financed by Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE), which had approved around 229 million Br for the project, with the remaining funds coming out of the enterprise’s budget.

The WWCE which was established with a capital of 3.7 million Br, stated the project in August 2010 and was supposed to have it completed by February, according to the agreement.

The expansion is being carried out to standardize the port and increase its capacity in order to fully implement the multimodal transport system (MTS) that were made obligatory for all government agencies in June 2010.

Prior to the expansion the two dry ports held 5,590 containers, 320 RORO vehicles, and 3776 empty containers, according to the eight –month performance report of the ministry of Transport (MoT) .

The original facilities did not meet the requirements for the dry port to provide adequate services, according to Abebaw.

The upgrading and expansion is important as it is preferable to paying Djibouti Port foreign currency and would reduce the amount of goods confiscated there, the manager claimed.

The enterprise recently received 38 vehicles and 1,105 tn of bulk weight from Djibouti Port, of which seven containers were returned to the owners upon the payment of the necessary taxes, according to MoT’s eight-month report.

The expansion will include warehouses, container packing equipment, craines parking lots, and offices to be used by Ethiopian Shipping Lines (ESL), commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and the Ethiopian Revenues and customs Authority (ERCA).

The top management of the enterprise paid a visit to Djibouti Port before the expansion in order to learn about the best standards for a port, according to Abebaw.

“The expansion is being undertaken with interlocking bricks because they are easier to repair and clean and they are easier to repair and clean, and they last for a long time,” Abebaw told fortune.

The Shortage of bricks has been cited as a major reason for the delay by the DPSE.

The bricks are manufactured d by the company, but the plot needs millions of them while the company has the capacity to produce only around 15,000 according to Abebaw. Undertaking dry port activities is also new for the company, all of which can be factors for the delay, Abebaw claimed.

To, date the delay has not caused any inconveniences for customers since the use of the dry port is still in its infancy, but it will increase if the private sector begins to use the MTS, according to Abebaw. A total of 31 pc of the work has already been completed with 3000 sqm covered with the interlocking bricks, he claimed.

A new deadline for the completion of the project has not been set.

Fortune Sunday April 17, 2011

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One month? Hah... you live in the US... you should one month is exceptional.
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First phase Modjo Dry port expansion complete


Thursday, 01 March 2012 09:22 Meron Tekleberhan

The Ethiopian Water Works Construction Enterprise is prepared to handover the 254 million birr first expansion of Modjo Dry Port to the Shipping and Logistics Enterprise, Ethiopia.

The expansion project launched in 2010 is a year ahead of schedule said Kumelachew Abeb, Communications and Public Relations with EWWCE.

The expansion will allow an increased capacity to hold 5000 more containers as well as developing infrastructure like access to roads, electricity and drainage systems.
The second phase of the Modjo Dry Port expansion program will be launched soon and is expected to be finalized in two years. The cost estimates for the second phase and related design works have not been finalized yet.

The expansion of Modjo Dry Port is aimed to enhance the import and export of goods and services and to solve problems of congestion at Port Djibouti. The project will also address the inclusion of new technology to facilitate the operation of the dry port.

The completion of the project in addition to existing Semera Dry Port will enhance the ability of Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Enterprise to handle the import and export of good services said an official.

In related news the ELSE has made a minimum of 9% discount on ocean freight transport for the next month.

The Enterprise did not officially announce the discount, which has been effective since the 9th of February with importers discovering it through lower prices on shipments.

The discount is due to the coordinated efforts of the various government agencies that have come together to form the new Enterprise according to an official.

The Enterprise is an amalgamation of the former Ethiopian Maritime Transit Services, Dry Ports Services Enterprise and the Ethiopian Shipping Lines. The ESLE is currently the only company operating in sea freight and multi-modal operations.
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