The years of expansion and modernization work at the port of Berbera have finally ended with the completion of the first phase of the project. On the horn of Africa, the port of Berbera had started this project to come up as a new gateway to Ethiopia and East Africa. A new special economic zone (BSEZ) and a new road infrastructure are also part of this project and it is expected they should be completed in the year 2022.
Tapping the opportunity presented by the expansion of Berbera, the Budd Group is planning to expand its services for ships and their P&I club in the port. The experienced surveyors of the Budd Group are present there to assist with precautionary surveys or tallies. Using its knowledge of local shipping, Budd Group is working to open an office in Berbera. The Port of Berbera plans to move 20 percent of the goods destined for Ethiopia and transform itself as an alternative to the Port of Djibouti. Dubai World Ports have gone into partnership with the government of Somaliland and the state-owned Ethiopian Shipping to modernize the port of Berbera. The DP World project was inaugurated by President of Somaliland, Muze Bihi Abdi, and President and CEO of DP World Sultan Ahmed bi Sulayem.
Phase two of the modernization project of Berbera has already commenced. Extension of container terminal is under progress and upon completion the full length of the container quay will be 1450 meters. With the completion of the entire project, new road infrastructure will also be complete that will provide the connection between Hargeisa, the Capital of Somaliland, and the port.
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