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Djibouti's strategic move into maintenance

Saturday, 25 February 2012 | 00:00
The Port of Djibouti is looking to grow its revenue stream through a novel, modular dock that will provide repair and maintenance services for both the port authority’s fleet and other vessels.
The authority’s vessels include tugs, shoal busters and pilot vessels and the move is a strategic one by the port to repair its own vessels onsite and attract more external repair and maintenance work.
The Damen Modular Dock (DMD) 4020 will measure 50 x 20m on completion and is currently under construction in Dubai.
After delivery, Damen services in Gorinchem will stay on hand for two years to give operational and technical support to the port.
A Port of Djibouti spokesperson said to Port Strategy: “The DMD will reinforce the capability of the port's marine services. It will help look after the port's own fleet and it will provide and extend ship repair services towards clients calling at Djibouti Port. It will ensure the port maintains its leading and strategic position in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and East African Sub-Region."
The Autonomous Port of Djibouti (PAID) is one of the busiest shipping gateways to the African continent – it is located at the confluence of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean connecting the shipping lanes of Asia, Africa and Europe. In June 2000, DP World signed a 20-year concession with the Government of Djibouti to manage the port facility.
Source: Port Strategy
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