Ports and Waterways

Techno-economic study, preliminary and detailed design and preparation of tender documents for the Port of Tadjuora (Djibouti)

Ports and Waterways Industrial and commercial ports

Techno-economic study, preliminary and detailed design and preparation of tender documents for the Port of Tadjuora (Djibouti)

TECHNITAL was appointed by the Ministry of Equipment and Transport of the Government of Djibouti (the Client) to provide the Concept Design for the extension of the existing port of Tadjoura.

The new Port facilities will be developed in a suitable area located west of the town of Tadjoura along 1.5 km of eastern Walwallè wadi outlet, on the north coast of Tadjoura Gulf and connected to Djibouti by the national road RN9.

The Client is focusing on the development of roads, ports, airports and telecommunications of the northern area of the country in order to make Djibouti the hub of the regional traffic, connected to foreign countries of the CO.M.E.S.A. (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa).

The new Port of Tadjoura will be able to handle 35% of the future volume of merchandise exchanged with Ethiopia, estimated at approx 3.5 M t/year. For this reason, a new road connecting Tadjoura with the Ethiopian border, passing through the towns of Randa, Dorra and Balho, is currently under design.

A phased development of the new Port of Tadjoura has been planned.

Phase 1 envisages the construction of a General Cargo quay 435 m long and a Ro-Ro Terminal 190 m long, able to handle a total of about 1.7÷2.3 M t/y (0.2÷0.3 M t/y of General Cargo and 1.5÷2.0 M t/y of Ro-Ro handling). The General Cargo quay consists of a circular cell structure. The Ro-Ro terminal consists of 4 mono-pile breasting dolphins and 4 catwalks connecting the breasting dolphins, each made of tubular welded truss of about 45 m length. The total port area is about 30 ha. of which approximately 14.5 ha. are not paved but well compacted to be suitable for heavy materials’ stevedoring. The Phase 1 layout also includes the wadi flood protection measures (gabion walls and artificial trench for an initial wadi diversion), the construction of 22 buildings (gates, warehouse, Port Authority building, Control Tower, Harbour Master building, etc), the fencing and the execution of the external parking areas and finally the supply of the required port equipment (truck mounted cranes, ambulance, fire truck, etc.). 

The cost of the entire Phase 1 is about € 46,513,200

The above cost includes also the fire-fighting system, the yard lighting system.

With the Final phase the total throughput is increased up to 2.7÷3.5 M t/y by means the execution of a complete (with modern packing lines, silos, warehouse, conveyors, gates and relevant buildings) Bulk Terminal 450 m long, able to handle about 1.0÷1.2 M t/y. The total Port area is increased by about 17 ha. for a total of about 47 ha.

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Government of Djibouti




Feasibility Study, Preliminary Design, Detailed, Tender Documents

Cost of works

Euro 126,149,500

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