Official start of construction at the D.R. Congo’s flagship deep-water port


DP World and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have officially laid the first stone of the new Banana Port today.

The ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the DRC, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, as well as members of the DRC Government, public representatives and members of the local community.

In December, both entities had already signed the Collaboration Agreement for the project’s development. The construction of a deep-water port at Banana has been in the making since 2018 when the initial contract was signed.

“DP World will develop an initial 600-meter quay with an 18m draft, capable of handling the largest vessels in operation. It will have a container handling capacity of about 450 000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per year, and a 30-hectare yard to store containers,” DP World said at the end of 2021.

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