DP World and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have signed the Collaboration Agreement for the development of the deep-sea port at Banana. This paves the way for DP World to begin construction within twelve months of the DRC’s first deep-sea port, which will be located at Banana along the country’s 37 kilometre coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
The development of the Banana Port will bring significant cost and time savings for the country’s trade, as it will increase the number of direct calls from larger vessels from Asia and Europe. It will also directly benefit the Kongo Central province in terms of economic development.
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 per year, and a 30-hectare yard to store containers.