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New Port of Tadjoura


Project: Consultancy Services for Techno-Economic, Preliminary and Detailed Designs and Preparation of Tender Documents for the Port of Tadjoura

Location: Tadjoura, Djibouti

Client: Ministère de l’Equipement et des Transports of the Republic of Djibouti

Cost of total Works: €46,513,200

Services: Techno-Economic Study, Preliminary and Detail Design and Preparation of Tender Document

Period: 05/2010 - 05/2011

The new Port facilities will be developed in a suitable area located close to Tadjoura town, on the North coast of Tadjoura Gulf and connected to Djibouti by the national road RN9 (160 km, asphalted).

The government of Djibouti is focusing on the development of the roads, ports airports and telecommunications of the Northern area of the Country in order to make of Djibouti the centre of the regional traffic, and the connection with foreign countries of CO.M.E.S.A. (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa). 
It is expected that approximately 35% of the future volume of merchandises exchanged with Ethiopia will pass through Tadjoura Port. It has also to be noticed that the traffic of merchandises with Ethiopia is expected to increase from 8,000,000 ton per year at present, to approximately 10.000.000 t per year in the next 4÷5 years. For this reason a new road connecting Tadjoura with the Ethiopian border, passing through Randa, Dorra and Balho towns, is currently under construction.
The extension of the port of Tadjoura is therefore part of the Djibouti Government plan to develop, in an harmonic way, the different regions of the Country, developing the specific capacities and the resources of each region, by improving the transport system of the Country.
With this respect, it has to be pointed out that, at present, Tadjoura region and the Northern regions of the Country do not have a fully developed transport system. Therefore the development of the local economy is quite slow, further more if compared to the remaining regions of the nation; particularly Tadjoura region is actually in the position to be excluded from the development of the Country. This lack of economic development, not only affect the every day life of the local people, but also induces the local people to migrate to the capital, Djibouti city.
All the above taken into account, the main targets of the Project for the development of a new Port at Tadjoura are listed as follows:
  • to assist to the development of the economy of the Northern regions of the Country with a fully operative Port;
  • to provide a second maritime traffic spot for the regions of Tadjoura and Obock, and for the nearby countries, Yemen and North-East of Ethiopia, by means also of the road connection Tadjoura-Dorra-Balho;
  • to encourage an equilibrate development of the regions;
  • to exploit the potential richness of the Northern regions;
  • to encourage the implantation of industrial and commercial installations in the Northern regions;
  • to generate working opportunities in those regions, thus reducing the migration of the people from the north to Djibouti city.
A phased development of the new Port of Tadjoura has been planned.
Phase 1 envisages the construction of a General Cargo quay 435 m long and a Ro-Ro Terminal 190 m long, able to handle a total of about 1.7÷2.3 M t/y (0.2÷0.3 M t/y of General Cargo and 1.5÷2.0 M t/y of Ro-Ro handling). The General Cargo quay consists of a circular cell structure. The Ro-Ro terminal consists of 4 mono-pile breasting dolphins and 4 catwalks connecting the breasting dolphins, each made of tubular welded truss of about 45 m length. The total port area is about 30 ha. of which approximately 14.5 ha. are not paved but well compacted to be suitable for heavy materials’ stevedoring. The Phase 1 layout also includes the wadi flood protection measures (gabion walls and artificial trench for an initial wadi diversion), the construction of 22 buildings (gates, warehouse, Port Authority building, Control Tower, Harbour Master building, etc), the fencing and the execution of the external parking areas and finally the supply of the required port equipment (truck mounted cranes, ambulance, fire truck, etc.). 
Phase 2 allows to increase the total throughput to 2.7÷3.5 M t/y by means the execution of a complete (with modern packing lines, silos, warehouse, conveyors, gates and relevant buildings) Bulk Terminal 450 m long, able to handle about 1.0÷1.2 M t/y. The total Port area is increased by about 17 ha. for a total of about 47 ha.


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