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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:50 AM   #141
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The opening of three new ports over the past two months is bolstering Djibouti’s efforts to increase its share of transit and trans-shipment traffic in East Africa.

Maritime drive

In May the $590m Doraleh Multipurpose Port was officially inaugurated on schedule after two years of construction, following major expansion works by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation. The upgraded port, which was backed by the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) and state-owned China Merchants Port Holding, has a total annual capacity of 8.8m tonnes, spanning 690 ha with 15 berths, each of which is 1.2 km in length.

The following month saw the opening of the $90m Tadjourah Port. Located in the Gulf of Tadjourah, the 30-ha port includes a facility for handling 200 tonnes per hour of potash – a key Ethiopian export. The port’s other facilities include two linear quays of about 435m in length and a 190-metre roll-on/roll-off terminal.

Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of the DPFZA, told the media that longer term, the port would have the capacity to handle 35% of all goods heading for Ethiopia. “This makes Tadjourah not only significant for Djibouti but the wider region,” he said last month.

Just one week after the Tadjourah facility became operational, the country also formally opened the $64m Goubet Port.

Built by China Harbour Engineering Company, the mineral port will enable Djibouti to export salt and gypsum deposits from Lake Assal. Djibouti is targeting exports of 6m tonnes of salt annually from the port, which is located some 40 km south of the Gulf of Goubet and has the capacity to berth vessels of 100,000 deadweight tonnage.

The next phase of Djibouti’s port project pipeline involves the construction of the $640m, 645-ha Doraleh International Container Terminal, which is expected to be operational by 2020 and will be run by the Port of Djibouti and China Merchants Port Holdings.

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Djibouti's location provides easy access to many of Africa's fastest-growing frontier markets – including 95m-person Ethiopia, which relies on Djibouti for more than nine-tenths of its external trade – and has been one of the primary factors underpinning China's interest in its transport infrastructure.

The country also lies on the route of approximately 60% of global maritime traffic, – including major shipping lanes between Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and at a critical junction on the Maritime Silk Road, the sea segment of China’s ambitious, multibillion-dollar transport corridor project.

As a result, China has been investing heavily in Djibouti. In addition to helping finance and build the recently opened port facilities, plans also include creating new warehouse and office space alongside the Djibouti Free Trade Zone. China Merchants Port Holdings is set to lead construction on the $7bn, 10-year project, having signed a 2015 agreement with the DPFZA.

The infrastructure spending has borne fruit. The country jumped 20 places in the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index between 2014 and 2016, for example, moving up from 154th position to 134. Capital investment in Djibouti’s ports was also listed as a key driver of the economy this year in the government’s budget, in which it predicted a GDP growth rate of 7% – up from 6.5% last year.

However, competition for maritime traffic from other regional players is on the rise, particularly as Ethiopia – with a GDP growth rate of around 8% as of 2016, according to the IMF – looks to increase its access to the sea. In April, for example, it secured 19% access and usage rights at Somaliland’s Berbera Port in northern Somalia.

Nearby Kenya and Tanzania are also both investing billions into upgrading and inaugurating new ports, with the objective of expanding their share of transit and trans-shipment trade to regional markets.
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Old November 11th, 2017, 08:37 AM   #142
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 10:12 AM   #143
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Ten years of Tangier Med, the port that connects Morocco to global trade



The first Moroccan export port, Tangier Med is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Inaugurated in 2007, the Tangier Med 1 container terminal has reached its operating capacity and Tanger Med 2 has been in full construction for two years. Tangier Med, a port area that aims to be one of the most important wheels of international trade.

Tangier Med is a project integrated in a free industrial and logistics zone. A very young port whose traffic is today 3 million containers. And when Tanger Med 2, under construction since 2015, will be delivered, this port located on the southern bank of the Strait of Gibraltar will process 9 million containers per year.

Fouad Brini, is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Tangier Med. He explains that Tangier Med I represents "3 million twenty feet in terms of containers. It is almost 50 million tonnes in terms of flows traded. Tanger Med is connected to 170 ports and more than 70 countries. "Then he adds that" thanks to Tangier Med, Morocco, which was ranked as most African countries, apart from Egypt and possibly South Africa that are at 25 or 30 ranking levels. at the level of global connectivity (most African countries are ranked in the 60th, 70th, 80th place), is the 16th in the world, according to the UNCTAD ranking. "

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Tanger Med connectivity integrates Africa, but the continent is still a simple receiver of goods, admits Fouad Brini. "Tangier is connected to 37 African ports. In terms of maritime volume, it is 38% of the traffic, so it is the most important part: it is a hub, firstly African; the remaining 62% is shared between Europe, America and Asia. The flows are rather in a sense in terms of activities, for a very simple reason, it is that Africa exports very little, unfortunately. What it exports is raw materials, and raw materials do not always go into containers. He says.

Tangier also sees some tourists

The port of Tangier Med also has a passenger terminal with ships that also carry vehicles, sedans, coaches and trucks. The director of this port, Hassan Abkari, gives some figures. "As we are located almost 14 km from the first European border, which is the port of Algeciras, we receive almost 2.7 million passengers a year and almost 267,000 trucks each year. It is a traffic that serves the port of Algeciras ... but also other European ports such as the ports of Sète in France, Genoa and Livorno in Italy. Of the 2.7 million passengers, only 10% are foreigners who are tourists or business travelers to Tangier, the remaining 90% are Moroccans living in Europe, who spend their holidays in their home country. 'origin.

Locally, for ten years, the Tanger Med project has allowed the creation of 65,000 jobs and the region is becoming the 2nd economic pole of Morocco.

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Premier port d’exportation marocain, Tanger Med fête ses dix ans cette année. Inauguré en 2007, le terminal à containers de Tanger Med 1 a atteint aujourd’hui sa capacité d’exploitation et Tanger Med 2 est en pleine construction depuis deux ans. Tanger Med, une zone portuaire qui ambitionne d’être l’un des rouages les plus importants du commerce international.

Tanger Med est un projet intégré dans une zone franche industrielle et logistique. Un port très jeune et dont le trafic est aujourd’hui de 3 millions de containers. Et lorsque Tanger Med 2, en construction depuis 2015 sera livré, ce port situé sur la rive sud du détroit de Gibraltar traitera 9 millions de containers par an.

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Old March 25th, 2018, 10:28 PM   #144
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DP World wins 30-year concession for Congo deepwater port amid Africa expansion push
World's fourth-biggest port operator and Democratic Republic of Congo's government set up $1bn joint venture to manage and invest in Port of Banana



DP World, the world’s fourth largest port operator, won a 30-year concession to develop a $1 billion deepwater port along the Congo’s Atlantic coast, as the company forges ahead with plans to expand in Africa despite disputes to its business on the continent.

The Nasdaq-listed global ports operator will manage and develop the greenfield Port of Banana in a joint venture with the government of Democratic Repuplic of Congo, with the option of a 20-year extension, it said in an emailed statement. DP World will get a 70 per cent stake and the DRC government keeps a 30 per cent holding in the project. Construction will start this year and finish in two years.

The project will have “a major impact on the country’s trade with significant cost and time savings, attracting more direct calls from larger vessels from Asia and Europe, and ultimately acting as a catalyst for the growth of the country and the region’s economy,” Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World’s group chairman and chief executive, said

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Bollore Sees West African Ports Capacity Lasting for Decade



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Old April 12th, 2018, 11:10 AM   #146
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ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Djibouti is in talks with French shipping company CMA CGM to develop a new container terminal at an initial cost of $660 million (£465.9 million) as part of the tiny African country’s bid to expand into a sea and air transport hub for the continent.

Aboubakar Omar Hadi, chairman of the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA), told Reuters on Tuesday that the authority hopes to award the concession in July. It was also prepared to buy out DP World’s stake in an existing container terminal to end a row with the Dubai port operator and avoid arbitration, he said.

Djibouti’s strategic location has led the United States, China, Japan and former colonial power France to build military bases there.

Its ports already serve as an entry point for cargo which is then sent by smaller vessels to ports along Africa’s eastern coast, but it is now seeking to become a sea-air trans-shipment hub for the entire continent.

To do this, Hadi said DPFZA was also planning to construct a $350 million airport and expand Air Djibouti’s fleet of cargo aircraft.

The new container terminal project could break ground as early as September with construction expected to take 24 months, Hadi said, speaking on the sidelines of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

“We are going to build DICT, Doraleh International Container Terminal. This is a new plan,” he said. “We are in discussions with CMA CGM.”

The port authority was not in talks with any other potential partners, he said. Shipping group CMA CGM declined to comment.

Once operational, Hadi said the port terminal would boast an annual capacity of 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), but subsequent expansion phases would bring that up to 4 million TEUs.

Fifteen percent of the project’s cost will be financed through equity. Of that, the DPFZA will contribute 85 percent, with its concession partner providing 15 percent. The rest will be raised via international institutions and banks.


“We are targeting trans-shipment,” Hadi said.

Meanwhile, Hadi said the port authority was ready to end a dispute with DP World over its cancellation of a concession contract for another facility, the Doraleh Container Terminal, by buying out DP World’s 33 percent stake.

Djibouti ended the contract with the Dubai state-owned port operator last month, citing a failure to resolve a dispute that began in 2012.

DP World has called the move illegal and said it had begun proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration, which last year cleared the company of all charges of misconduct over the concession.

“We are prepared to pay them their 33 percent of shares,” Hadi said. “There is no need for arbitration. We are going to buy their shares.”
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Tanzanian traders laud improvements made at the country's major port



DAR ES SALAAM, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian traders on Friday welcomed improvements at the east African nation's major port of Dar es Salaam, calling for more investments to attract more importers from neighboring landlocked countries.

The traders commended the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) for the improvements at a one-day port stakeholders' round-table conference to mark the 13th TPA anniversary, which brought together port stakeholders to discuss challenges and achievements at the port, and come up with the way forward to increase efficiency.

The Dar es Salaam port serves landlocked countries of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Burundi.

Speaking at the meeting themed: "The Future of TPA as a catalyst for industrial development and social prosperity in Tanzania and beyond," the Secretary General of the Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA), Tony Swai, commended government efforts towards improving the port's operations.

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First Hero class vessel calls at Port of East London



The Port of East London on Wednesday hosted the first Post Panamax high efficiency Ro-Ro (Hero) class vessel to call at the port.

The MV Thermopylae, on its maiden voyage, delivered 595 passenger cars and light and heavy duty commercial vehicles in East London before departing for Australia, where it will deliver Mercedes-Benz products.

It is the widest car carrier to call at the East London port and was built at the Hyundai shipyard in Korea and flies the flag of Malta.

Hero is a specialised type of car carrier that was introduced by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) in 2015, to maximise on the widening of the Panama Canal international trade route.

These ships boast increased width and capacity, greater flexibility for a variety of vehicles, as well as reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

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Update on Construction of Kenya's New Northern Corridor Port

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Old September 12th, 2018, 04:22 AM   #151
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Transnet to spend R7bn on Durban port for larger ships


South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels.

Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is in South Africa, aims to complete the work by 2023, it said in a statement.

Transnet said the project at the Durban port, which handles around 65 percent of South Africa’s container cargo, will include the reconstruction, deepening and lengthening of berths 203 to 205 for the larger ships.

The state-owned logistics firm has been embroiled in allegations of corruption involving procurement contracts worth around 54 billion rand.

It placed its chief executive and two other senior officials on suspension in August pending investigations.

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Looking at the tech advancements the Chinese are making in constructing artificial islands and what they are doing at Lamu as above, I actually think our thinking as SA needs to move on - the idea of the dig-out port seems obsolete. I wonder if it would not be more feasible to extend the Durban port outwards via an artificial island rather than trying digging out a port out of solid land.
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Terminal operators unveil trade expansion strategies in Africa, India and the Middle East

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Rise of east Africa

The powerhouse of the east Africa, southern Africa and Indian Ocean islands trade is South Africa. According to Dynamar’s East Southern Africa 2019 report, southern Africa regularly accounts for around 60% of the total economy in the region. East Africa is however growing quickly and has seen its share rise from 34% in 2013 to 40% in 2017.

The report points out that this area has 22 ports called at by intercontinental liner services. Five are located along the east African coast, 10 in southern Africa with the rest located on Indian Ocean islands.

The ports called at within southern Africa are from Walvis Bay in Namibia on the South Atlantic coast, then moving south and east around South Africa before turning north again, along the Indian Ocean coast up to Nacala in Mozambique. From there on, east Africa is all direction north until the Horn of Africa, the easternmost point of mainland Africa. Near Berbera, the Indian Ocean flows into the Red Sea.

Dynamar says “The two largest ports, the only millionaires in fact, continue to be Durban with 2.7M TEU in South Africa and Mombasa with 1.2M TEU in Kenya. This latter port took second spot from Cape Town in 2011 and broke the million TEU mark in 2014. Combined, Durban and Mombasa handled 48% of total throughput in 2017.”

The report points out that there are few private terminal operators in the region. Of note are Hutchison Port Holdings (Dar es Salaam) and DP World Maputo. Bolloré’s activities are restricted to Indian Ocean islands with ties to France.

Construction of the multipurpose facility DP World Berbera is currently underway. DP World (51%), Somaliland (30%) and Ethiopia (19%) own “what could be a new gateway to landlocked Ethiopia”.

The Far East, Middle East/Indian subcontinent and Europe/Mediterranean are the main trade areas connecting with east southern Africa.

Dynamar says “Figures from 20 ports in the region show that combined port throughput totalled 8.2M TEU, representing 4% growth since 2013. The shares of containers handled reflect a slow drift away from southern Africa towards east Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

“East Africa is growing and expanding its influence. From 2013 to 2017, GDP rose by 25% at the expense of southern Africa. It is the landlocked countries pushing GDP growth and not so much their coastal neighbours.”

It adds “Indeed, Mombasa and Dar es Salaam compete for hinterland cargoes to Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda in particular. State-controlled ports as they are, they are under increasing pressure to improve and develop their strained infrastructures.”

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