On 3rd January, Senegal President Macky Sall laid the foundation stone for the new deep-water port at Ndayane, 50km south of capital Dakar and close to the Blaise Diagne International Airport. This $1.13 billion project is the largest port investment made by DP World ever in Africa.
The Ndayane Port is part of the DP World’s Africa expansion strategy. The port operator plans to boost Senegal as a central trade hub and a gateway to Northwest Africa and West Africa.
President Sall highlighted the importance of building a modern and quality port in the economic development of a country. He added that the Ndayane Port is the largest private investment in the history of Senegal.
The new port will reduce pressure on the Port of Dakar, which is struggling with congestion and inefficiencies. In 2020, the Senegalese government and the DP World signed two 25-year term concession agreements.
At Ndayane, in the first phase, there will be a development of 840 meters of quay and a 5 km marine channel to handle vessels up to 366 meters.
In the second phase, 410 meters of container quay and dredging will be developed to handle ships up to 400 meters.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman DP World, said that his company would bring technology, expertise, and capability to this port project. Upon completion, the port will support Senegal’s development over the next century.
Presently, Senegal depends upon the Port of Dakar for its export and imports.
The port is also the maritime gateway for neighboring landlocked countries such as Mali, which depend upon Dakar for two-third of its trade.