Djibouti ranked Africa’s top port in World Bank and IHS Index

The Port of Djibouti has been ranked as the top container port in Africa and 61st globally by the World Bank and IHS Markit’s latest global Container Port Performance Index.

The recognition comes amid Djibouti’s US$15 billion investment plan for ports and infrastructure development, as the East African nation looks to strengthen its reputation as a global trade and logistics hub.

According to the Index, Djibouti and Mombasa (in Kenya) ports are the most technically efficient in Eastern and Southern Africa, based on three main variables: the sum of the length of all container and multipurpose berths in the port, the total container terminal area of the port and the combined capacity of the cranes.

The report scores ports against different metrics, making the efficiency ranking comparable around the globe by assessing and standardising for different ship sizes and container moves per call.

Djibouti’s container terminal, Société de Gestion du Terminal à conteneurs de Doraleh (SGTD), is a key transhipment hub for the East African region and fully connected to the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway.

Djibouti jumped 44 places in the World Bank’s latest Logistics Performance Index in 2018, and previous reports have highlighted that Djibouti is one of only two African countries where ships spend a median time of less than one day in its ports – making it among the most efficient in the world.