DMP shifts to a higher gear following $7 million investment


The biggest port operator in Djibouti, Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP) expanded its port activity with additional USD 7 million investments that will allow the port to hand additional vessels with huge cargo.
DMP, the modern port facility in the region stated that it has acquired adtional port equipment that would give additional power for its operation that it handles inside the port facility.
According to the information that Capital obtained from DMP, the purchase of these new materials is part of an ongoing investment program that aims to improve the performance in unloading and delivery.
This significant investment of more than 7 million USD will allow DMP to reach the level of requirements of its customers.
5 forklifts of 16 tonnage, 7 loaders, 2 excavators, 2 reach stacker, 6 tractors and trailers, and 2 Vigan type bagging machine with extension of fertilizer terminal conveyor are the equipment that the operator possess on its latest investment.
“Already accredited with good performance by Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics (ELS), which is the major customer, in 2022, DMP wanted to upgrade services in order to maintain its reputation and increase the esteem of its customers. For this, we thank the sustained effort of our teams on the ground that ensured their tasks despite the difficulties of the job,” DMP said on the statement it sent to Capital.
Roba Megersa, CEO of ESL, and other senior leaders of the Ethiopian logistics enterprise witnessed the arrival of new equipment during a ceremony held on February 23.
“DMP’s productivity is getting better every time, we are happy with the performance. We are coordinating everything from planning to execution of operations. We are proud that this Port is the hub of East Africa. You will not find anywhere else a more efficient and productive port like DMP,” Roba said.
“Today, we see that DMP is a hub for transshipment, and also for grain, fertilizer, general cargo and now containers. Each time, the added value increases and now with the purchase of this new equipment, we hope that customer satisfaction will be raised to an even higher level. We work hand in hand with DMP teams who are very cooperative,” the ESL CEO said whilst giving his recognition to the port and its leaders.
He promised that together, both are working hard for the development of the two sister countries and this effort will not only increase the productivity of the Port but also create jobs, which is very important for the respective governments.
Djama Ibrahim Darar, General Manager of PDSA/DMP, says, “As a multipurpose port and given the diversification of our activities, DMP is focused on reducing the waiting time of ships at the quay and at anchorage with the help of its new equipment.”
Ibrahim Darar said that with the addition of upcoming 2 more lines to the grain silo combined with the acquisition of 2 mobile Vigan type bagging machines and the extension of the conveyor system of the fertilizer silo, DMP will increase the bagging and delivery rate from the storage silos, “Our rate will be strengthened and will even allow us to handle 2 vessels simultaneously.”
“Given the increased regional competition, DMP must position itself as a regional leader and aim to capture an international clientele,” the General Manager said.
“This investment was made to align with the will and the global vision of development of the President of Djibouti, Ismael Omar Guelleh and to enable us to compete at the international level. This effort which is materializing today is the first step towards our launch to maintain a logistic hub,” he added.