International consortium backs Damietta Port development program

A consortium of international institutions is supporting the development of a second container terminal in Damietta Port in Egypt, which will triple the port’s container capacity and improve its competitiveness, said European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Damietta Alliance Container Terminals is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) established by Eurogate, Contship Italia, Hapag Lloyd, MELC Group and Ship & C.R.E.W to design, develop, operate and maintain the terminal under a 30-year concession. 

The financing package includes:

  • $125 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),
  • $120 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC),
  • $100 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB),
  • $60 million from the German development finance institution DEG and
  • $50 million from Proparco.  

The Damietta Port is an attractive shipping site in the Mediterranean and has a strategic location close to the Suez Canal, with direct road connections to Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta.  

The development of the terminal comes as a response to the growing demand for container traffic in Egyptian ports.

According to EBRD, this expansion will increase Damietta Port’s competitive position as a strategic hub in the East Mediterranean, in addition to providing the Egyptian market with more than 80,000 direct & indirect jobs by 2038.