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Promoting equipment maintenance at the DMP

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Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP) and China Merchants Port (South China) General Bulk Management Center recently achieved a significant milestone in their partnership, with the aim of reducing downtime and improving the quality of port services. The two entities came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that focuses on promoting equipment maintenance at the DMP.
The signing ceremony, attended by high-level personalities, emphasized the commitment of both parties to strengthening their collaboration and fostering mutual growth. Chaired by Djama Ibrahim Darar, Managing Director of PDSA/DMP, the ceremony saw the presence of Feng Boming, Executive Vice President of China Merchants Group, and other prominent individuals.
The MOU signifies a strong alliance, combining the expertise and resources of two major players in the maritime industry. Under this agreement, the two organizations will work closely together to optimize equipment maintenance practices at DMP, which is the largest and most modern multipurpose port facility in the region.
“This collaboration is expected to ensure efficient and reliable operations, leading to increased productivity, reduced downtime, and an overall improvement in the quality of port services,” stated DMP in its official statement sent to Capital.
The staff of the technical division of DMP will go to China for an experience sharing program.
The Doraleh Multipurpose Port, inaugurated in May 2017, was specifically designed to alleviate congestion at the former port of Doraleh. In less than a year, waiting times for goods discharge were reduced from weeks to mere days. The DMP has the capacity to accommodate vessels with up to 100,000 DWT and boasts state-of-the-art facilities, making it one of the most advanced ports in Africa.
The port features various terminals, including bulk, break, container, and RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off), and its impressive quay line stretches 1,200 meters, accommodating six berths with a depth of 15.3 meters. With a direct connection to the Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway, the port maintains an average performance of 90 units discharged per hour (RoRo) and 31 containers per hour (crane lifting).
The total investment in the Doraleh Multipurpose Port amounted to USD 590 million. There are plans for further expansion, with the goal of reaching 4,130 meters of quay line and a total of 17 berths. These developments will further enhance the port’s capacity and contribute to the growth and efficiency of maritime trade in the region.
The partnership between DMP and China Merchants Port (South China) General Bulk Management Center through the signing of the MOU sets a positive trajectory for the future. By focusing on equipment maintenance and operational optimization, the collaboration aims to unlock the full potential of the port, benefitting both local and international stakeholders. As the port continues to evolve and expand, it will play a crucial role in facilitating trade and economic growth in Djibouti and the wider region.

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