Djibouti News

25 Mar 2019

U.S. Clinches Port Deal with Oman

Tehran has in the past threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route at the mouth of the Gulf, in retaliation for any hostile U.S. action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.Still, the U.S. official noted that the agreement would expand U.S. military options in the region for any kind of crisis.Duqm is ideal port for large ships. It is even big enough to turn around an aircraft carrier, a second official said."The port itself is very attractive and the geostrategic location is very attractive, again being outside the Strait of Hormuz," the official said, adding that negotiations began under the Obama administration.COMPETITION WITH CHINAFor Oman…

21 Mar 2019

Maritime Security Training in S. Arabia

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A training tackling maritime crime is undergoing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (10 - 28 March 2019), informed the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Members of three key regional maritime security agreements -The Djibouti Code of Conduct; the West and Central Africa Code of conduct; and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP)-, which IMO has helped to establish, are participating in the program.Thirty participants from 24 countries are learning theoretical and practical skills to deal with piracy/robbery against ships…

07 Mar 2019

Maritime Security Workshop in Djibouti

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Sharing information among the various different agencies involved is vital for maintaining maritime security, especially where there is a strong multi-national element.That’s why International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is running a workshop in Djibouti on maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and western Indian Ocean area.The participants (from Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, United…

15 Feb 2019

Kenya Trains Maritime Security Officials

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Maritime law enforcement officials from Kenya are taking part in a two week training course on best practices for visit, board, search and seizure of vessels, in Mombasa, Kenya (11-22 February).The multi-agency course brings together 30 officials to learn skills for effective coordination in combating maritime crimes and procedures used to successfully board and search a vessel of interest.The training is part of International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s support for implementing the Jeddah Amendment to Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017…

06 Feb 2019

Focus on African Maritime Development

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As part of its continuing efforts to help African countries improve the sustainability of their maritime sectors and their blue economies, International Maritime Organization (IMO) frequently works with partners to help support their initiatives.This work includes participating in two major annual maritime security exercises in Africa, the first of which, Cutlass Express, is currently underway in Djibouti, Mozambique and the Seychelles (25 January – 7 February).Cutlass Express puts special emphasis on encouraging navies and civilian agencies and different countries to work together…

30 Jan 2019

38 Migrants Confirmed Dead Off Djibouti After Boats Capsize

More than 100 migrants are believed missing and 38 confirmed dead off the coast of Djibouti after two boats capsized, the U.N. migration agency said on Wednesday.The overcrowded boats, carrying mostly Ethiopians, had set sail on rough seas when they capsized shortly after departing Djibouti, said Lalini Veerassamy, chief of mission in Djibouti for the International Organization for Migration.Djibouti's coastguard is continuing its search for survivors, she said, adding that beyond the IMO's rough estimate it was not clear how many more migrants might be missing.Many thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa region board boats from Djibouti each year, hoping to cross to the Arabian Peninsula in search of work. (Reuters, Reporting by Maggie Fick Editing by Gareth Jones)

29 Jan 2019

More Than 130 Migrants Feared Drowned in Wrecks off Djibouti

More than 130 migrants are missing off the coast of Djibouti after two overloaded boats capsized in rough seas, the United Nations migration agency said on Tuesday.A team of gendarmerie found two survivors and the bodies of five migrants, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a statement. IOM staff identified an 18-year-old male survivor believed to have been aboard the first boat of 130 passengers, but he had no information on the second, it said.There was no immediate information on the nationalities or itinerary of those missing.Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay

25 Jan 2019

IMO Held Trade Facilitation Seminar in Djibouti

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New requirements for electronic exchange of data for the clearance of ships become effective from 9 April 2019, said  International Maritime Organization (IMO)To help prepare for this, a National Seminar on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic was held in Djibouti (22-24 January).The workshop raised awareness of the new requirements for participants from ministries with responsibilities in the clearance of ships, cargo, crew and passengers at ports of Djibouti, and private stakeholders.The event addressed the benefits of using a maritime single window and electronic data exchange…

20 Dec 2018

Monjasa: New Bunker Location on the Suez

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Monjasa expects a 200,000mts volume increase from its new supply location Djibouti. The objective is to challenge status quo and provide a valid alternative to the traditional Suez and Jeddah bunker markets.Strategically located at the mouth of the Red Sea, Djibouti is fast developing into an attractive bunker destination on the busy Suez waterway. Improved maritime infrastructure and heavy investments in port developments are expected to further advance trade going in and out…

12 Dec 2018

IMO Training on Managing Security in Djibouti

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International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is providing training to countries in the west Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden on managing insecurity in the maritime domain in a regional workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (9-13 December).The countries are Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Tanzania, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan and Yemen.It’s the latest in an ongoing series of capacity-building initiatives in the region, targeted…

07 Dec 2018

Oman Signs Djibouti Code of Conduct

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Oman has become the 16th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that has been a key factor in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in that region.Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen…

11 Oct 2018

DP World Launches Expansion of Port in Somaliland

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Dubai state-owned port operator DP World launched on Thursday a $101 million project to expand a port in the breakaway region of Somaliland.Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 and has acted as a de-facto independent state since then but is not internationally recognized. The United Arab Emirate's Dubai government owns DP World.The port in Berbera exports camels to the Middle East and imports food and other items, but Somaliland hopes it will provide an alternative for neighboring Ethiopia - a landlocked country of 100 million which relies on Djibouti for its trade.On Thursday…

01 Jul 2018

DP World Plans Logistics Facility in Ethiopia

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Dubai-based ports operator DP World has revealed plans to set up a logistics facility in landlocked Ethiopia, a move that comes as the company is developing a port in neighboring Somaliland. A reuters report quoting the United Arab Emirates state news agency, WAM said that the Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group's chairman & CEO and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation informed the media that the logistics complex in Ethiopia to cater to the landlocked African countries.

05 Jul 2018

IMO Getting Audit-Ready

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Auditing International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States to assess how effectively they administer key IMO treaties is an important part of the Organization’s work to ensure its regulatory framework is universally adopted and implemented. IMO’s Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) is the subject of a regional workshop taking place in Tunis, Tunisia (2-6 July). More than 30 participants from 13 countries (Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan and Tunisia) are taking part in the event.

26 Jul 2018

Mauritius Signs Jeddah Amendment on Illicit Maritime Activity

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Mauritius has become the 15th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that has been a key factor in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in that region.The Amendment significantly broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code when it was adopted at a high-level meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in January 2017.It covers measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities…

12 Jul 2018

DP World Threatens Legal Action Over Djibouti Port Row

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DP World threatened legal action against Djibouti after the government of the Horn of Africa nation ended a contract this year with the Dubai-owned firm for running a port facility, the company's spokesman said on Thursday.Djibouti ended the contract in February with DP World to run its Doraleh Container Terminal.The Dubai-based company said it issued its statement after "reports of the opening of the first phase of the Chinese built International Free Trade Zone, in violation of DP World's exclusive management rights.""DP World reserves the right to take all available legal actions, including

10 Sep 2018

Djibouti Nationalizes Stake in Doraleh Container Terminal

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Djibouti has nationalized the two-thirds stake in its Doraleh Container Terminal held by the Port of Djibouti, the government said in a statement, the latest twist in a dispute with Dubai's government-controlled DP World dating back six years.In February, Djibouti ended a contract with DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, to run its Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), and seized control of the terminal.A London court later said DP World's contract to run the terminal was still valid.The port of Djibouti, PDSA, is itself majority-owned by the Djibouti state and in turn owns a two-

26 Jul 2018

Middle East Oil & Gas Shipping Routes are at Risk

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Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world's top oil exporting region.Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, the other major strategic shipping route for oil from the region and the main route for Iranian crude exports.Below are facts about region's shipping routes:Bab al-MandebAny move to block the Bab al-Mandeb…

31 Jul 2018

EU Okays Operation Atalanta HQ Move to Spain

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The headquarters of the EU’s anti-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia will be moved from the UK to Spain next year as EU leaders revealed the latest consequence of Brexit."EU NAVFOR confirms that following the decision from the Council of the European Union the mandate of Operation ATALANTA will continue until 31 December 2020," said a press release. EU NAVFOR Somalia, also known as Operation Atalanta, is a current counter-piracy military operation at sea off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean…

05 Aug 2018

DP World: Djibouti Not Recognizing ‘International Rule of Law’

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DP World, the fourth biggest port operator globally, issued a response saying Djibouti’s refusal to acknowledge a London Court of International Arbitration ruling demonstrates that the government did not “recognize the international rule of law.”The Arbitral Tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration, LCIA, confirmed the illegitimacy of the Government of Djibouti’s action of seizing control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World."The Court’s decision upholding…

11 Sep 2018

DP World Says to Pursue All Legal Means in Djibouti Dispute

DP World said on Tuesday it would continue to pursue all legal means in its dispute with the government of Djibouti which seized a port terminal operated by the company earlier this year.Djibouti this week nationalized shares held by the Port of Djibouti in the Doreleh Container Terminal, a joint venture operated by DP World until February when the government seized the terminal.(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; editing by Jason Neely)

22 Jun 2018

IMO on Women in Port Management

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) is continuing its ongoing efforts to ensure women can reach top ranks in the maritime sector, through its Women in Maritime programme. The latest event was a two-week training course for female officials from maritime and port authorities of developing countries, in Le Havre, France (11-22 June). At the Institut Portuaire d'Enseignement et de Recherche (IPER), 23 female officials from 14 developing countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad…

17 Jun 2018

DP World Not for Settlement with Djibouti

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The Dubai-based port operator DP World said that it will not consider alternative legal options outside a court settlement in a dispute with the Djibouti government over the Doraleh Container Terminal. A DP World spokesperson said that the concession agreement remains in place, and the action taken by the Djiboutian government is subject to legal process in the International court of Arbitration in London. “We await the outcome of this process. The Doraleh terminal has a capacity of 1.6 million TEUs per year.

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