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Algeria’s DP World Djazair Terminal Doubles Capacity; How Is The New Port Of El Hamdania Going To Affect It?

Algeria’s DP World Djazair terminal doubles capacity; How is the new port of El Hamdania going to affect it?

Source: DP World
Algiers, Algeria (PortSEurope) December 12, 2021 – DP World has doubled the handling capacity of its container terminal in Algiers – DP World Djazair – reaching 755,600 TEUs per year, after investing more than $114 million since 2009 in infrastructure upgrades at the 30-hectare (300,000 m²) terminal. Currently, the terminal handles about 25% of Algeria’s containerised foreign trade and is expected to reach 45% thanks
to its development. Improvements also include newly reconstructed storage yards with integrated services and utility areas, new electrical systems, water systems and security systems, as well as floodlighting and other facilities. What is unclear is how the project for the construction of Algeria’s new commercial Mediterranean port of El Hamdania is going to affect the development of DP World Djazair. El Hamdania is going to be the first Algerian deep-water port and the country’s largest, as well as only the second deep-water port in Africa. The port is expected to become operational in four years’ time and completed in seven years. El Hamdania is being positioned to become a hub that could potentially compete with the Spanish ports of Valencia and Barcelona. As of October 2009, all non-containerised cargoes have been banned at the port of Algiers, to reduce shipping and road congestion. In an effort to reduce waiting times for ships entering and leaving the port, the company has built refuelling stations and refrigeration facilities. The digitalisation of these stations has reduced the waiting times by more than 60%. Recently, new material handling equipment has also been acquired by DP World Djazair terminal, including state of the art ship-to-shore container handling cranes, five rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, six full container lift trucks, six empty container lift trucks, 30 internal transfer tractors and two mobile port cranes. DP World Djazair docks can receive and handle new generations of ships, reaching length of 210 meters. DP World Djazair, formerly known as Algiers, is the capital and principal port of Algeria. From 2008 DP World has had a 30-year concession to run the port, which handles more than 60% of Algeria’s export and 60% of containerised cargo heading to and from Algiers. DP World Djazair is a joint venture between DP World and the Algiers Port Authority (EPA – Entreprise Portuaire d’Alger). DP World also operates DP World Djen-Djen to the east of the capital city. The port consists of three basins – the Old Port, Agha and Mustapha – with a total of 36 berths, protected by five breakwaters. The port can be entered from the North entrance, with a max depth of 22 meters and width of 176 m or South entrance, with a max depth of 16 m and width of 240 m. Algeria, Africa’s largest country by territory, is particularly well positioned, close to deep sea routes, to serve as a gateway to its substantial hinterland and to become a significant transshipment centre over time. The future El Hamdania – the first Algerian deep-water port and the country’s largest Located 70 km from the country’s capital Algiers (between the cities of Cherchell in the province of Tipaza and Tenes in the province of Chlef), the Port of El Hamdania and the adjacent future two industrial zones, covering jointly 2,000 hectares of land, are seen by the government as an answer to Morocco’s Tanger-Med deep-water port. Tanger Med has a capacity of over 9 million TEUs per year and is one of the largest container ports in the Mediterranean Sea. The future port will have 23 terminals with a processing capacity of 6.5 million containers (TEUs) per year or 25.7 million tonnes of goods per year. It will be able to accommodate vessels up to 240,000 tonnes. Algerian government expects the annual cargo traffic of the future El Hamdania port to reach 35 million tonnes by 2050. According to Algeria’s Public Works Department, El Hamdania port will be one of the top 30 ports in the world by containers handled when completed. It is also expected to be the biggest ever infrastructure project in Algeria at a cost of $3.3 billion (latest figures from November are about cost of over $5 billion). Financing of the project is expected with a long-term loan from Algeria’s National Investment Fund (FNI) and a loan from the Chinese Exim Bank. El Hamdania will seek to attract transhipment business serving West Africa. The government’s strategic objective for the port is to be used by land-locked African countries. The highway between the port and the southern border of Algeria is to be upgraded, enabling containers to be transported faster to many parts of the land-locked West Africa. The port will connect Algeria with Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Africa. Algeria wants to regain its place in the maritime sector at the Mediterranean and African level. However, so far, the majority of its ports are embedded in urban centers, which limits the possibilities for infrastructure expansion. More information in PortSEurope story Construction of Algeria’s new El Hamdania mega port is expected to start in May More PortSEurope information about Algerian ports Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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