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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Djibouti Says Its Container Port to Remain in State Hands

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Djibouti's container port will remain in state hands as the government seeks investment, a senior official said on Wednesday in comments likely to reassure Washington where lawmakers say they fear it could be ceded to China. The Doraleh Container Terminal is a key asset for Djibouti, a tiny state on the Red Sea whose location is of strategic value to countries such as the United States, China, Japan and former colonial power France, all of whom have military bases there. Djibouti last month terminated the concession of Dubai's state-owned DP World to run the port…

DP World Says Committed to Port Project in Somaliland

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DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, said on Thursday it is committed to the port project in Somaliland despite Somalia's move to ban the ports operator from operating in Somalia. Djibouti's decision to end a contract with DP World to run its Doraleh Container Terminal will make it difficult for Africa to attract investment, DP World's chairman Sultan bin Sulayem told a news conference after reporting full-year earnings. He said the company doesn't know what motivated Djibouti to seize the container terminal.

Somalia Bans DP World, Says Contract with Somaliland Null

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Somalia has banned Dubai ports operator DP World from operating in Somalia, saying that a contract that the company signed last year with the breakaway Somaliland region to develop an economic zone is null and void. It is unclear how Somalia's federal government could enforce the ban given Somaliland's semi-autonomous status. But parliament's unanimous passing of the resolution banning DP World from working in the country underscored growing rivalries in the strategic Horn of Africa region over the Dubai state-owned port operator's investments.

CMA CGM Revises Swahili Express Service


CMA CGM informs that its Swahili Express service operated between India/Middle East and East Africa changes. The new service rotation works out to shorter voyage duration: 28 days with 4 vessels up to 3,400 TEU nominal capacity. Its Djibouti Northbound call is cancelled: last vessel is m/v NORO voy. 2322SN, expected at Djibouti berth on March 10th, 2018. Kenyan export cargo to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the USA is routed via Colombo (Sri Lanka) with reliable transit times.

UAE to the Rescue of DP World’s Container Terminal in Djibouti

Photo:  DP World - Doraleh

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemned Djibouti’s cancellation of DP World’s contract to run the Doraleh Container Terminal, calling it an “arbitrary” flouting of a signed agreement, said a report in Bloomberg. Media reports yesterday said that Dubai has accused Djibouti of illegally seizing a port operated by one of its state-owned shipping companies and started legal action against the African government. “Djibouti government’s seizure of the Doraleh port is regrettable,’’ Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter.

DP World Accuses Djibouti of Seizure of its Dorelah Port

File Image: a typical DP World terminal.

Dubai-based port operator DP World accused Djibouti of illegally seizing control of Doraleh Container Terminal on Thursday, after the Djibouti government said it was unilaterally terminating DP World's contract to run the terminal.   "The Government of Djibouti today illegally seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal," DP World said in a statement. It said the company had commenced arbitration proceedings in London to protect its rights.   Reporting by Katie Paul 

Ethiopia Acquires 19% Stake in DP World Berbera Port

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United Arab Emirates-based maritime conglomerate DP World has announced that Ethiopia will become a shareholder of the Port of Berbera in Somaliland, a crucial site for Middle Eastern trade, strategically located along the oil route. As the biggest shareholder of the port of Berbera, DP World announced that it would hold 51 percent stake of the project, the Somalis, 30 percent, and Ethiopia, the remaining 19 percent. The government of Ethiopia will also invest in infrastructure to develop the Berbera Corridor as a trade gateway for the inland country…

CMA CGM Upgrades Ethiopian Services


CMA CGM develops its Ethiopian intermodal service by linking Djibouti to 6 inland key destinations (Addis Ababa, Mekele, Nefas Meewcha, Gibe, Shashemene and Jinga). It also adds 2 strategic calls in Djibouti, the Ethiopian market gateway, on its MEX1 and REX2 services. CMA CGM announced its Ethiopian services upgrade thanks to new strategic calls added on its Mediterranean Express (MEX) and Red Sea Express (REX) services, as well as the development of its intermodal offer between Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

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An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope. Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit to address other illicit maritime activity that threatens safety and security in the region, such as marine terrorism, environmental crimes, human trafficking and Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Djibouti Training Center Build on Pace

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The construction of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC) in Doraleh, Djibouti is moving forward in earnest, with a view to completion by the end of September 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said. IMO’s Chris Trelawny and  Kiruja Micheni made a site visit Tuesday, July 7, accompanied by Said Nouh Hassan,  Secretary-General of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport, Djibouti. During the visit to Djibouti, the IMO team also met Moussa Ahmed Hassan, Minister of Equipment and Transport and representatives of the construction company.

Port Security and Facilitation Training in Djibouti

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) has conducted a national port security and facilitation workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC). The workshop (7-8 March) was highlighting IMO's maritime security and facilitation requirements and showcases the range of IMO and other training courses, guidance and tools available, including new port-focused training packages developed in line with the World Maritime Day theme, "Connecting ships, ports and people". The…

Focus on Piracy Prevention at Djibouti

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A high-level workshop in Djibouti has seen an exchange of ideas on preventing a resurgence of piracy in the West Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, as well as addressing other transnational organized crimes at sea that threaten the security of navigation. The event (29 October) was hosted at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre, which is part-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and supports implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the international treaty that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region.

Djibouti, DP World in Legal Spat

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Djibouti said it had started legal action against DP World, seeking to rescind the Dubai-owned port operator's concession in Africa's largest container terminal in a row over how the contract was awarded. "The resulting agreement unfairly favoured DP World," the government said in a statement, which questioned payments made in winning the concession in 2000. DP World said it rejected Djibouti's allegations. "We categorically reject the accusations and will vigorously defend our position during arbitration," a company spokesperson told Reuters by email.

Mobil Offers Bunker Facilities In Djibouti

Ship operators trading to the Red Sea now have a secure bunker port offering both heavy fuel and high quality diesel oil. Mobil International Marine Fuels can now supply 180cst HFO ex pipe or ex truck, and DMA gas oil from its own facility in Djibouti. Both HFO and MDO will be available in Djibouti 24 hours per day at prices comparable with offshore East Africa.

IMO Anti-piracy Code – South Africa Signs Up

The Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (Djibouti Code of Conduct) has been signed on behalf of South Africa by the South African High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Zola Skweyiya, who was attending an IMO Conference on 'Capacity Building to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia'. South Africa has become the 19th State to sign the Code of Conduct, set up by IMO to develop regional capacity to counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean. The other signatories are: the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan…

DRTC Equips with Modern Simulator

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC) has been equipped with a modern computer-based training simulator as part of International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s efforts to promote maritime safety and security in the West Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Equipment installation, funded through a contribution to the Djibouti Code of Conduct Trust Fund by the Kingdom of Denmark, has been completed and the first cohort of six Djibouti officers have been trained to operate it. The simulator training room consists of 11 trainee consoles and an instructor's work station.

Kenya Signs Maritime Piracy Agreement

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Kenya has become the 13th 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, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen are other countries to sign it.

IMO Signs-up with UN & EU on Counter-piracy

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The commitment of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia through boosting capacity building in the region has been underlined with the signing of five strategic partnerships with a number of UN agencies and the EU, following a Conference on Capacity Building to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, held at IMO Headquarters in London on 15 May 2012. The Conference was attended by some 300 delegates from member States as well as a number of organizations.

Djibouti Ends Dubai's DP World Contract to Run Container Terminal

Photo: DP World

Djibouti has ended a contract with Dubai's DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, to run its Doraleh Container Terminal, the president's office said on Thursday. "The Republic of Djibouti has decided to proceed with the unilateral termination with immediate effect of the concession contract awarded to DP World," the office of President Ismail Omar Guelleh said in a statement. Last February, the London Court of International Arbitration cleared DP World of all charges of misconduct over a concession to operate the terminal, Dubai's government said at the time.



CMA CGM has announced the launch starting July 2 of its new service between the East Mediterrane an, Djibouti, Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India. The service is one of the fastest between these strategic zones and connects CMA CGM hubs in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf. INDIAMED will complement our MEGEM (East Mediterranean to/from Middle East) and MEDEX (West Mediterranean to/from Middle East & Indian Sub-Continent) offering synergies between services to allow an improved port coverage of these areas and better connections.

Ethiopia to Use Somaliland’s Berbera Port

Image:  Port of Berbera Authority

Ethiopia is to start using the Port of Berbera of Somaliland this month on an agreement reached between the two countries on January 29, 2015, while the use of Port Sudan has started by the importation of 50,000tn of fertilizer. Ethiopia is distributes its cargo among neighboring countries’ ports as the country needs alternative ports aside that of Djibouti. Workeneh Gebeyehu, Minister for Transport, said, “Five to 10pc of the country’s imports are planned to come through the port of Berbera…

Counter-Piracy Operations Center, Djibouti, Opens

Djibouti Ops Center Opening: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, attended the opening of the new Djiboutian Naval Operations Centre. Djiboutian military and civilian authorities were present, along with representatives from the USA and France, who provided support to Djibouti for the building and fitting of the operations centre. The centre provides the Djiboutian maritime forces with an enhanced capability to track ship movements in their territorial waters. EU NAVFOR…

Somalia Signs on to Combat Piracy

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Somalia has become the latest to sign the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that seeks to repress piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the region. Adopted in January 2017, the amendment broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code, covering measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities, including piracy, arms trafficking, trafficking in narcotics, illegal trade in wildlife…

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