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Dakhla port

Port of Dakhla

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Dakhla port in Morocco

Overview​

Located between the Oued Ed-Dahab peninsula and the Moroccan coastlines, the Port of Dakhla lies on the sheltered Ed-Dahab Bay. With a width of 7 miles, the port is located near the Punta de Lasarga, Rio de Oro, and the Punta del Pescador. It handles fishing and cargo vessels with a dedicated facility that handles spare part exports. Fishing is a major activity at the port and features several facilities to process fish before export. Sitting on 280 hectares of land on the coastline, Dakhla Port runs a free port zone on 13 hectares.

Although Dakhla Port is a minor Moroccan port, it has “strong halieutic potential” as per the regional authority for ports – the Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP).

A plan proposed in the early 2000s to revamp the harbour was the development of 2 adjacent ports within the Ed-Dahab Bay. With ample space on the 25-mile Bay, the twin ports would work to encourage investment in the region and boost the maritime trade economy.

One of the ports is currently home to a military base while the second one handles commercial activities. The port handles 330,000 tons of cargo annually and fish exports of 170,000 tons per year.

The port is connected by road on the Laayoune-Lagouira National Road and via air from the Dakhla airport situated 5 kilometres from the harbour. Some of the other sections of the port include an administrative zone, a petroleum products warehouse, and a large high-risk warehouse.

The Container terminal

The container terminal is a new facility that became operational in June 2021, inaugurated by DP World and the Somali government. The terminal is being developed in phases and after the completion of the first phase, it has an annual container handling capacity of 500,000 TEUs which would rise to 2 million TEUs after the second phase is completed.

This container terminal has a draft of 17 m, a 400 m long quay, a modern container yard and eight rubber-tyred gantries and three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, capable of handling the biggest container vessels. A One-Stop service centre is also being constructed.

Financed by DP World, this port development project aims to transform Berbera into a major maritime trade hub of the region and a crucial logistics provider. A Free Economic Zone is also being developed to attract private investments and create employment opportunities.

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