Djibouti nationalises disputed Doraleh Container Terminal

Djibouti nationalises disputed Doraleh Container Terminal

Djibouti has nationalised a Red Sea container port previously controlled by UAE terminal operator DP World.

The Djibouti government has nationalised Port de Djibouti’s 66.66% stake in the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), having kicked DP World out of the country earlier this year in a bitter dispute.

Last month the Djibouti government refused to recognise a London court ruling which ruled in favour of Dubai-based port operator DP World in a dispute over the terminal.

DP World had had a concession in Djibouti since 2006. The government in Djibouti had tried to get DP World to renegotiate its contract since last December. In February the government terminated DP World’s contract.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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