The UAE-owned international ports manager, DP World has commissioned three, multi-million dollar mobile harbor cranes (MHCs) at Berbera port as part of its long-term investment of the Red Sea port in the Republic of Somaliland.

According to a press statement DP World released today, the cranes will, for the first time in the history of the port, provide shoreside support to loading and offloading vessel operations.

“The USD 12 million invest1nent on the three new cranes will double productivity at the port, significantly reducing vessel turn-around time and stabilising operations during monsoon season as well as providing safer and more secure conditions at the port,” the statement said.

“The three mobile harbour cranes currently being commissioned are strategically important for the development of the Port of Berbera. They will enable more ships to be served at and ultimately increase the flow of trade to both the country and the region. As construction work for the expansion of the port progresses, we are witnessing a transformation in the capacity of this major infrastructure asset, benefiting people both here and across the Horn of Africa,” says Suhail Al Banna, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of DP World Middle East and Africa.

“The investment in the new cranes is the latest in a series of improvements to the Port of Berbera. Since 2017 DP World Berbera has introduced state-of-the-art container handling equipment, vehicles and systems as part of its push to modernise the historic port. In 2019, DP World also launched the Zodiac Terminal Operating System, Oracle Finance System, and Maximo Enterprise Asset Managen1ent System to deliver faster and better services for shipping lines,” the statement added.

The Republic of Somaliland granted a thiry-year concession to develop and manage Berbera port to DP World in 2017. Under the deal is a 400-meter quay extension, container terminal and free zone.

DP World expertise is not limited to port-related activities, but has, also, acquired extensive experience and skill in the management and development of terminals, but also industrial parks, logistics and economic zones, maritime services and marinas.

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