Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) has reached an agreement with Pacific International Lines (PIL) which will add 300,000 teu to the facility’s annual throughout.
The added throughput represents a 33% increase compared to the current volume handled at the facility and will provide 20% of the terminal’s total annual capacity, which is 1.6m teu.
The agreement was made between PIL and the terminal’s state-owned operators, Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company (DCTMC), which assumed control of DCT when the Djiboutian government ended DP World’s contract earlier this month for a perceived failure of management.
A DCTMC statement said that the deal “is a first important step towards DCT fulfilling its capacity potential”.
The Djiboutian government took over operations at DCT in light of its poor recent performances, with the facility only using 57% of its total capacity.
The government also accused DP World of employing “aggressive tactics” such as deliberately slowing down operations at DCT in favour of their main terminal in Jebel Ali.