Case Study: Doraleh Container Terminal

Sitting at the intersection of some of the world’s main shipping lanes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) is a jewel in the crown of DP World’s Africa operations and is the most technologically advanced port on the continent.

In 2000, DP World and the Djibouti Government established a joint venture and DP World was awarded a 20 year concession to operate the Port of Djibouti. This successful partnership led to a further joint venture resulting in the construction of a terminal at Doraleh which opened in 2008.

Through its modern logistics facilities and strategic location, Doraleh is well placed to become a premier container distribution hub. The terminal has an annual handling capacity of 1.2 million TEU, the largest in East Africa, with almost 50% of containers handled destined for Ethiopia. Its 18 metre draft and 1050 metre quay accommodate the largest ships with six super post-panamax STS cranes14 and sixteen RTG cranes15 handling container traffic.

Standards also keep pace with this sizeable operation as DP World achieved the ISO 28000 standard (Specifications for Security Management Systems in the Supply Chain) in 2009 and ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) in 2011.

Doraleh is well placed to handle transhipment and relay business. Markets in the Red Sea offer potential business opportunities for trade and the terminal plays a major role in facilitating Ethiopian trade movement, contributing to the country’s growth and development.

To keep pace with these developments, new equipment is already in the pipeline, including two new STS cranes and eight RTGs. DP World is reviewing the timing for the Phase II extension of the terminal which would double the size of the berths and the yard.

Coupled with strong growth in the region and investments in infrastructure such as a new free zone set to boost terminal traffic, Doraleh looks ready to take a further step forward to becoming a leading hub port.

14 STS cranes means ship to shore cranes

15 RTG cranes means rubber tyred gantry cranes