New terminal inauguration in Senegal
West Africa’s new largest container terminal, Terminal à Conteneur, developed and operated by DP World, has been offically opened in Senegal.
DP World Dakar was expanded and upgraded following a concession agreement signed in 2007. The work has more than doubled the terminal’s capacity to over 600,000 teu.
DP World’s chief executive, Mohammed Sharaf said to Port Strategy: “DP World's experience is that economies grow as efficient infrastructure comes on line so the expansion and upgrading of DP World Dakar opens up a whole new world of economic possibilities for Senegal, both as a port of call and as the gateway to other West African communities, which will also benefit.”
For the first time in the region, carriers will be offered berthing windows at the new terminal, hugely reducing vessel waiting times and reducing truck turnaround time to around half an hour. The supply chain will therefore be far more streamlined and cost effective.
DP World said that new tariffs and processes in place will mean an increase of around a third in volumes through the port.
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