Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh officially launched the construction of the Damerjog livestock port in Arta district and the multipurpose Doraleh port Sunday (September 8th).
Guelleh visited the ports accompanied by Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, former chief executive officer of Dubai's DP World Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and representatives from Ethiopia and South Sudan. Construction of the two ports is funded by China Merchants Group.
Work on the Damerjog port includes construction of a terminal approximately 675 metres long that can accommodate up to five livestock ships and a transit area of five hectares to hold cattle between land and maritime travel.
"The traffic from this port will reach 2 million head of cattle in the first year, thanks to the infrastructure of Damerjog which is exclusively dedicated to this activity in the service of the countries of the region," President of the Port and Free Zone Authority Abubaker Mohamed Hadi told Sabahi. "The economic impact in terms of earnings from exports will represent about $500 million per year, with only $70 million invested in the Damerjog livestock port."
The multipurpose Doraleh port is intended to relieve the Port of Djibouti. It will be built in two phases at a total cost of $400 million. It will have a quay of 4,130 metres with 15 berths that can handle 29 million tonnes of cargo per year.
"In its first phase, the port will have a length of 1,200 meters with seven berths, including a roll-on/roll-off berth and six versatile docking stations that can accommodate ships with cargo reaching 100,000 tons," Hadi told Sabahi. "These seven berths of the first phase will handle about 12 million tons of cargo per year."