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Mogadishu port in Somalia

Overview​

Mogadishu Port is situated on the southeastern coast of Somalia, in the capital city and a few nautical miles from the strategic port of Mombasa. It is the principal port of Somalia, surrounded by a huge artificial breakwater stretching 359 m and a 14 m deep navigation channel. Classified as a major seaport, Mogadishu possesses the largest harbour in the country.

The port dates back to Roman times when it was known as a flourishing commercial centre of Sarapion. It declined during the middle ages and was revived with the arrival of the Italian sailors in the late 18th century who made drastic improvements and laid the foundations of a modern port facility.

In the mid-1930s a protective dike with breakwaters was constructed at the facility and linked to the interior of Somalia through railways and a new imperial road going from Mogadishu to Addis Ababa. Since then, it has grown rapidly and emerged as one of the biggest ports in eastern Africa.

Presently, Mogadishu has 6 wharves including 5 general cargo berths measuring 160 m each, and a container berth with a quay length of 200 m. The port was modernised and re-opened in 2006 and can accommodate vessels weighing up to 10,000 DWT with a maximum draft of 9 m. Around 245 cargo laden ships visit the port annually. All types of cargo such as dry cargo, liquid bulk, containers, roro and breakbulk are handled at this facility, operated by the Mogadishu Alport Corporation, part of the Istanbul-based Albayrak Group.

The Container terminal

Around 80% of the cargo received at the Mogadishu International Port comprises containers followed by breakbulk such as cement, sand, and fuel. Hence, the container terminal offers container stuffing and de-stuffing services and has numerous open container yards for keeping full and empty containers. Around 12 to 15 container vessels are unloaded at the terminal every month.

Mogadishu port has a 303.000 sq m of yard area and a dedicated container freight station. It also has an import yard space divided into four stacking spaces and 3 empty container areas used by different shipping lines such as MSC, CMA-CGM etc.

The port also has three warehouses covering 5000 sq m each and a reefer yard with 40 connections, 3 port workshops offering minor repair works, a 20,000 m2 parking area and 4 terminal offices situated near the general cargo berths. This facility also has a RORO pier and a port control system. Port equipment is in working condition and includes 9 mobile cranes with a lifting capacity of 15 to 25 tonnes, 7 dockside cranes, 4 RORO tug masters with trailers and 3 forklifts capable of lifting 15 tonnes each.

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