Key port information can also be found at: Website of the Maritime Database on the Port of Djibouti
The Port of Djibouti has excellent nautical condition and benefits from a natural protection by coral reef that plays a role of a breakwater structure. The benches of coral reef which are close to the port absorb the agitation of the waves and offer deep area and quiet water. The anchorage offers depths between 10 to 40 meters and are well sheltered by the coral reef. They also manage the dangerous goods & cargo and prevent pollution. The shipping agent has to send the manisfet 48 hours before the ship call.
Since July 2011, their partnership with DP World has significantly improved its efficiency though implementation of management systems, international technical and managerial expertise in operations, maintenance, safety, security and trainings. Djibouti port is compliant with the international Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) standards and since 2006; it has received the 28,000 security accreditation from Lloyd’s register.
Djibouti Port provides a Container Terminal, Bulk terminal (managed by SDTV-private), General Cargo, livestock & Dry port facilities and Marine & Engineering related services. For details and latest updates on statistics and imagery visit their website below:
Port website: Website of the Port of Djibouti
Port Location and Contacts
Province or District
Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)
Name : Djibouti
Port's Complete Name
Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)
Management Contact Person
General Manager: +253354963
Commercial Management +25321327544
Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations
Airport Name: AEROPORT NATIONAL DE DJIBOUTI
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
For contacts information on the Port of Djibouti, please select the following link:
Djibouti Port has made tremendous efforts and inovations, in the various aspects relating to port and shipping industry and have been succesful in developing and enhancing container terminal, general cargo and efficiency as well.
In terms of IT, reliable system has been implemented foccussing on delivering efficiency and assisting customers effectively in managing their supply chain. At Dorale Container Terminal, management of containers at their arrival are done using a computerised system. This system enables Djibouti Port to improve its performance in handling containers.
Djibouti Port uses the following software: MAXIMO, NAVIS and an integrated ERP Sage X.3.
The Year 2012 projected a significant growth of +17% with 4,205,545 MTN compared to the 3,595,505 MTN of the year 2011, even though the number of vessel calls has slightly decreased by 9% with 1577 calls in 2012 against 1,730 calls in 2011, as a result of enlargement of ships and the expansion of the capacity and volume of transportation of vessels.
Container Traffic (TEUs)
Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk
Break bulk (MT)
Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges
Relevant tariffs and rates can be found on the following webpage:
GRACE PERIOD FOR CONTAINERS IN DJIBOUTI:
Bulk Grain Discharge Rate:
- Bagging line capacity and silo capacity - Berth 15.
- Discharge 7.000 MT/day with silo availability option.
- 6 bagging lines with an average discharge rate of 300 MT per shift
- 30,000 MT warehouse storage capacities for wheat.
- Bulk Fertilizer Discharge Rate
- 3.500mt per day with silo availability option - Berth 14
- 6 bagging lines with an average discharge rate of 200mt per shift
- 40,000Mt warehouse storage for fertilizer
Port Handling Equipment
Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? Privately <outsourced>
(Yes / No)
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
Between 3 and 69 Mt
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
DP World Management, Doraleh Container Terminal has implemented best practices which resulted in average crane productivity as high as 37 moves per gross crane hour which makes DCT to be one of the ports in Africa that allow Shipping Lines to maintain their schedules and avoid costly delays. Through DCT in 2009 a Total of 519,500 MTN in containers manipulated compared with 743,273 MTN in 2012 being transshipment operations with year 2009/191,463 MTN versus year 2012/382,636 MTN the most active operations.
Container Facilities Available
Container Freight Station (CFS)
Refrigerated Container Stations
Other Capacity Details
Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)
Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)
Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)
Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)
For information on Djibouti Customs Guidance, please see the following link:
Grain and Bulk Handling
Inaugurated on the 21 Dec 2006, SDTV (Société Djiboutienne Terminal Vracier) is a privately owned company with exclusive concession on dry bulk cargoes handled within the Port Autonome International de Djibouti (PAID).
Curently SDTV serves as a drop off point for grains from international donnor aid agencies to other countries including Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti. Same applies to above countries fror fertiliser commodity handling mainly for agriculture market.
Discharge is managed by two pneumatici un-loaders-NIV machineries (300PH eacg) fir grain commodities through several belt conveyor systems with a discharge capacity of more than 8,000mt pwwd.
The fertilizer commodity is managed by one Liebher LHM 250 shore crane operating with a grab of approximate 21,000mt capacity per scoop with a guaranted average 4.000 mt pwwd ex-vessel up to stack on truck by using 6 bagging lines respectively taking cargo through a mobile shore hopper into the conveyor system.
Main Storage Terminal
For private stevedoring operationg containers ship at conventional berth is subject to agreement of container teminal which states the following: The Stevedoring companies will pay 20% of the stevedoring operation revenue to the port.
In addition, in case the containers are transferred to the Container Terminal Yard by port trucks, the shore handling charges will be invoiced to the customer.
However, if the container are transferred by the private stevedoring company, only the loading and discharging will be paid to the port as well as the storage and shifting if any.
The Stevedoring charges for general Cargo are to be agreed between the cargo interest and licence stevedores.
The Port will apply an ISPS charges at the rate of 0.25 USD per freight ton
Hatch and other than standard freight
The port of Djibouti is compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) standards and since 2006, Djibouti Port has ISO 28000 security accreditation from Lloyd’s Register.
The Port has its own emergency services equiped with fire fighting and rescuing equipmens.
In addition there is an envornmental protection policy, oil spill equipments with technical support from an international organisation.
Currently the Port of Djibouti is undergoing certification for ISO 9001 and ISO 1400 I Environment OHSAS 1800 I safety standards and its aims to achieve this level of S&E management across all its operations over time.
(Yes / No)
Current ISPS Level
Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional