DP World Berbera, a growing maritime hub in the Horn of Africa, has welcomed the arrival of three new ship-to-shore (STS) gantry cranes, as part of its current project to expand and further develop the Port of Berbera.
The three cranes were brought to the Somaliland port by the heavy lift vessel Zhen-Hua 29, and were off-loaded during a meticulously planned exercise carried out by DP World Berbera’s management and engineering team.
The cranes, 51 meters high, have a lift a capacity of 65 tons each, with an outeach of 24 rows of containers, and will be able to serve some of the largest container ships afloat today, allowing importers and exporters to make the most of the resulting economies of scale. The arrival of the cranes follows the installation of eight new rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes at the port in January this year.
DP World Berbera is a multi-purpose port whose customers handle a wide variety of cargo including general cargo, bulk goods, ro-ro, livestock and containers. Suhail Albanna, CEO and Managing Director of DP World Middle East and Africa region, said: “The arrival of the new cranes is another key milestone in the development and expansion of Berbera Port. These cranes, in addition to those already installed, will further improve operational efficiencies at Berbera Port and transform it into a modern and world class facility, further strengthening it as a major regional trade port servicing the Horn of Africa.”
DP World has committed to investing up to US$442 million to expand the port, and once completed it will increase capacity by 500,000 TEU per year.