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The Arab Sea Ports Federation

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Kismayo port

Port of Bossaso

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Kismayo port in Somalia


Kismayo port is located on the southern coast of Somalia. It is formed by a sheltered bay and a southern concrete breakwater which provinces berthing facilities. It is used for exporting bananas and is visited by over 50 small ships and barges annually.

It was built in 1966 for shipping agricultural produce and light machinery since the road between Mogadishu and Kismayo was not accessible during monsoon months. Hence, it serves the region of lower Jubba but is in dire need of maintenance since 80% of port facilities are not operational. It receives humanitarian cargo vessels and a few containers shipped by the Mediterranean Shipping Company. Sugar is imported twice a month by the Hormuud Business Company.

Kismayo port lacks sufficient handling equipment and has only four warehouses, the biggest can store up to 1400 tonnes. No cold storage facilities are available at this port.

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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