In December 2021 DP World signed a collaboration agreement with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the development of the deep-sea port at Banana.
DP World is developing 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. The port will feature the latest technology and equipment.
“This agreement represents the vision of His Excellency, President Tshisekedi, and DP World, to provide the DRC with a modern, world class port and logistics infrastructure to support the tremendous opportunities for trade in this country. The port will enhance the country’s export capabilities and give it affordable access to international markets.”
H.E.Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem
Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of DP World
As a vital transportation hub for the country and a gateway for exports and imports to and from the DRC, the development of the Banana Port will bring significant cost and time savings for trade by attracting more direct calls from larger vessels from Asia and Europe.
It will also directly benefit the Kongo Central province in terms of economic development, as the port will attract foreign direct investment to the surrounding area, and stimulate local trade and the economy.