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Transshipment business thrives amidst regional challenges

By our staff reporter, Photo by Anteneh Aklilu

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The transshipment business continues to expand despite the unstable conditions in the region, according to the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA), a governmental organization that oversees and operates the Port of Djibouti, as well as several other sizable facilities in the country.

When Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of DPFZA, met with Dana Purcarescu, the French Ambassador in Djibouti, they discussed the most recent developments in the port industry.

Despite the difficulties caused by the circumstances in the Red Sea region, DPFZA saw a noteworthy 35 percent rise in transshipment activity, according to a statement released after the meeting.

The statement said, “This significant rise is evidence of the DPFZA’s operations’ adaptability and tenacity in the face of challenging geopolitical conditions.”

Since November of last year, the Houthi militia in Yemen, also known as Ansar Allah Movement, has been waging a campaign in sympathy with the Palestinian people and has put nations and their vessels that are affiliated with or support Israel at risk in the Red Sea region.

Attacks by the Yemeni military on ships traversing the Gulf of Aden and the sea have a significant impact on global logistics activity.

According to the statement issued by DPFZA, more ways to strengthen cooperation were discussed, with an emphasis on implementing comprehensive training programs for the environment protection unit, bathymetric survey unit, hazardous cargo IMDG management, ballast water, and contaminated water/oil treatment facility.

It stated that through deliberate investment in skill development programs, DPFZA hopes to enhance the competencies of its personnel, ensuring increased effectiveness and efficiency in its activities.

During the meeting between the Chairman and Ambassador Purcarescu, a thorough conversation regarding the final funding phase of the Bicidley Airport project was held. The airport is located approximately 60 kilometers from the present Ambouli Airport and will accommodate 1.5 million people and 100,000 tons of freight annually.

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