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DP World signs contract to upgrade Somalia’s Bosaso port

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Executives at the signing ceremony of the contract to upgrade Port of Bosaso

Dubai-owned DP World and Somalia’s Puntland government have signed a construction agreement for expansion and upgrade work at the Port of Bosaso.

The 12-month project, which is expected to start in early 2023, will include the development of a 150-metre quay and repairs to the current 215-metre quay, DP World said in a statement.

Other infrastructure will include the development of a new 3,000-square-metre container yard and a 4,000-square-metre container stripping yard. The gate area to the port will also be upgraded to improve access control.

Once complete, the port will be able to handle container vessels and attract more direct calls from feeder ships from Dubai and other regional hubs. 

The port will also become an important hub for dhow transport serving the Somali coast.

Ahmed Yaasiin Saalah, Minister of Ports and Maritime Transport, Puntland, said: “The expansion and upgrade of the Port of Bosaso is key to Puntland’s economic growth, which will benefit not just the people of the state, but also Somalia and the Horn of Africa.”

He added the upgrade will ensure the region is further integrated into the global trade ecosystem, as a bigger, more efficient port with the ability to receive container vessels will facilitate increased trade.

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