At the very beginning of 2022, President Macky Sall launched work on the first phase of the Ndayane port in Mbour, some 80 km south of Dakar. This large-scale project, whose overall cost is 1.1 billion dollars, will provide Senegal with the largest multifunctional port in West Africa.
« This project, whose first phase will mobilize 827 million dollars, is the largest private investment in the history of Senegal », said the Senegalese President.
Carried exclusively by Dubai Port World (Dp World), the financing of the first phase provides for the construction of a 300-hectare container terminal, a 5-km shipping channel and the construction of an 840-meter quay with an 18-meter deep draft. The stated objective of these works, planned over a period of four years, comes from the mouth of Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO of Dp World:
« To make the port of Ndayane a relocated African version of the port of Jebel Ali, which has become the first deepwater port in the Persian Gulf. »
This will be followed by a second phase of $290 million, allowing the port of Ndayane to have a 2nd 410 meter quay, a cargo terminal, a fishing port as well as a ship repair terminal.
The construction of the port of Ndayane will be a first since the country’s independence. The one in Dakar, the only functional one today, dates from the 19th century.
President Sall also assured that the State of Senegal is present in the shareholding of the company in charge of managing the container terminal of the port.