DUBAI/DAKAR (SENEGAL) — Global marine terminal operator DP World officially opened what is now West Africa’s largest and most modern container terminal, Terminal ŕ Conteneur.
The new facility, developed and operated by DP World, was inaugurated by DP World chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem and Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade.
Expanded and upgraded by DP World Dakar following a concession agreement signed in 2007, the terminal’s capacity is more than doubling from less than 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, or TEU, to more than 600,000 TEU.
The opening ceremony at the Port of Dakar was attended by Dakar Port Authority managing director Bara Sady, DP World chief executive officer Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Africa senior vice-president and managing director Joost Kruijning, DP World Dakar chief executive officer Guido Heremans and other officials.
“The expansion of the terminal and the upgrading of the facilities and equipment makes DP World Dakar the most modern and efficient terminal in western Africa. Our experience is that economies grow as efficient infrastructure comes on line and today it opens up a whole new world of economic possibilities for Senegal and West African communities. We are grateful to the Government of Senegal for their support and cooperation in helping to make this possible,” Bin Sulayem said.
“We congratulate all those involved on their commitment and professional execution of the project. As Africa’s favoured first port of call for vessels south-bound from Europe, DP World Dakar occupies an important place in our global portfolio. We believe the successful completion of the development at the Autonomous Port of Dakar will ably meet our customers’ needs in this fast developing region,” Sharaf said.
“This ceremony is a significant step in our partnership with DP World. It shows our respective commitment to realise our ambition to improve quality of service at Dakar port container terminal. I can express our satisfaction on DP World Dakar operation in our port and look forward to an increase of the throughput of containers in the terminal,” Sady said.