From a former commercial industrial and public status, the Port of Dakar Authority is since July 1st 1987, a national company with a private management system. The new status enabled the Port to be dotted with an organization chart, integrating all the essential functions, necessary to the management of a modern port.
By virtue of its exceptional geographical location at the westernmost point of the African continent, Dakar’s port is the crossroad of the major sea lines linking Europe, North America, South America and Africa. With its perfectly beaconed and constantly dredged access channel, the port of Dakar lies on a water surface area of 177 hectares, with alongside depths between 10 and 13 meters. The port has a vast zone of operation which allows certain maneuvers, without having to tow.
The Port of Dakar has taken several innovative steps over the years, such as its dock specialization Policy. This policy introduced several dedicated terminals to the port designed to cater to the specific needs of different products, such as container, ro-ro, breakbulk and oil terminals inside of a 21 hectares Logistics Platform, a Fishing Port and a Passenger Station. Each terminal is held to the strictest international standards.
The Port is making a conscious effort to become the safest port of the West African coast, with several certifications including an ISPS certification and ISO 28000 certification currently in progress. The harbor has been made easier to the regular dredging that occurs near its access channel. This means all type of vessels, regardless of size, will have no problem using the harbor.
It is also home to Dakarnave, one of the largest shipyards on the West African Coast with a 1,200 tonne-boat lift, a dry dock measuring 195 m in length and 27 m in width and a floating dock with a lifting capacity of 60,000 tonnes. In addition, there are three other slipways operated by private companies for repair, fairing and other ship-related activities.
Thanks to considerable investment and the strong support of its partners, the Port of Dakar has become an excellent asset not just to Senegal, but all of west Africa.
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