Expanded and upgraded by DP World Dakar following a 2007 concession agreement, the terminal’s capacity is more than doubling from less than 300,000 teu to more than 600,000 teu.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: “The expansion of the terminal and the upgrading of the facilities and equipment makes DP World Dakar the most modern and efficient terminal in western Africa. Our experience is that economies grow as efficient infrastructure comes on line and today it opens up a whole new world of economic possibilities for Senegal and West African communities.”
Bara Sady, Managing Director of Dakar Port Authority, said the terminal opening marked “a significant step in our partnership with DP World. It shows our respective commitment to realize our ambition to improve quality of service at Dakar port container terminal.”
Since winning the concession, DP World has introduced window berthing, where vessels book a specific time they can berth, virtually eliminating waiting time at anchorage. DP World Dakar is the only port in the region offering this service. In addition, DP World has reduced truck turnaround time to less than half an hour, and introduced clear tariffs and processes supported by modern technology systems. The result of these improvements has been an increase of around a third in volumes through the port, with the resultant benefits for the trade and Senegal’s economy.