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DP World, one of the leading global port operators, has commissioned first mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) at the Port of Berbera, Somaliland
The port will provide shoreside crane support, which will be improving vessel operations.
The US$12mn investment on the three new cranes is expected to double productivity at the port, reducing vessel turn-around time, stabilising operations during monsoon season and providing secure conditions at the port.
Suhail Al Banna, CEO and managing director of DP World Middle East and Africa, 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,” Al Banna added.
With this investment, DP World aims to provide an effective alternative gateway to international markets that is beneficial to the people of Somaliland.
In the Port of Berbera, DP World introduced new container handling equipment, vehicles and systems as part of its push to modernise the port. In 2019, DP World has launched the Zodiac Terminal Operating System, Oracle Finance System and Maximo Enterprise Asset Management System, aiming to deliver faster and better services for shipping lines.