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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Bossasso port

Port of Bossaso

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Bossasso port in Somalia


Also known as Bender Qaasim port, Bossasso is situated in the southern part of the Gulf of Aden. The harbour is protected by a 420 m mole in the north and a 200 m long breakwater in the south. It is a major seaport serving the Puntland region in northeastern Somalia. Main exports include livestock such as cattle, sheep, and camels. It also receives bulk shipments comprising cement, sugar, rice and construction material.

Bosaso port was primarily built for transporting livestock to the Middle Eastern nations, particularly UAE and Saudi Arabia. The work began in the mid- 1990s and culminated with the installation of modern facilities and equipment in 2012. During these years, civil war and political unrest had arrested the port expansion project. However, in the early 2000s, the port was cleaned up and unwanted debris was removed from the dockyards. In the second phase, it was dredged and additional berths were built to accommodate larger ships.

In 2017, P & O Ports, owned by DP World was given a 30-year concession for managing the Bosaaso port and for expanding it further. Hence, work began in 2017 for building a 455 m long quay and a 5.5 hectares storage area. It was further dredged to a depth of 12 m and the company also invested in the installation of the latest IT terminal operating system, and port equipment.

Livestock has been central to the growth and sustenance of the Bosaso port. Its development into a major livestock hub has helped the local pastoral communities and has boosted the economy of Puntland. A major gateway to Yemen, Bosaso has enormous scope for diversifying its services.

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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