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Autonomous Port of Dakar

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Location  Dakar, Senegal
Owned by  DP World
Phone  +221 33 845 45 45
Opened  1866
Type of harbor  Natural/Artificial
Autonomous Port of Dakar
Address  21, Boulevard de la libération, Dakar, Senegal
Hours  Open today · 8AM–5PMFriday8AM–5PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday8AM–5PMTuesday8AM–5PMWednesday8AM–5PMThursday8AM–5PM

The Autonomous Port of Dakar (French: Port autonome de Dakar, abbreviation: PAD) is a Senegalese public enterprise which is headquartered in Dakar, located in the east of city. Thanks to the strategic position that gives it a sheltered harbor, it is now the third largest port in West Africa after the Autonomous Port of Abidjan and the Port of Lagos It is also the ninth-largest port on the African continent.


The port has one of the largest deep-water seaports along the West African coast. Its deep-draft structure and 640-foot-wide (200 m) access channel allows round-the-clock access to the port. Its current infrastructure includes tanker vessel loading and unloading terminals, a container terminal with a storage capacity of 3000 20-foot-equivalent units, a cereals and fishing port, a dedicated phosphate terminal and a privately run ship repair facility. The port’s location at the extreme western point of Africa, at the crossroad of the major sea-lanes linking Europe to South America, makes it a natural port of call for shipping companies.


Led by Captain Protet, French troops took possession of the Senegalese coast in 1857. Work began on the port in 1862 and it was inaugurated in 1866.

In the late 1880s up to the Great Depression in the early 1930s (thought did not fully affected inland in Senegal), its ship traffic volume was high, it was used as a refueling station for ships with coal, especially military ones, up to the start of the 20th century, most of the ships were French, other ships came there. Ship volume was always higher than the port of Mindelo (see also Porto Grande Bay) in Portuguese Cape Verde, the closest other major port at the time and was nearly active with the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Coal refueling dropped when diesel ships rose and by the late 1950s, all ships would be refueled with diesel.

While the Bolloré Group was in Senegal for more than 80 years, Dubai Ports World (DP World), who on October 8, 2007 signed an agreement with Senegalese Prime Minister Cheikh Hadjibou Soumaré for a 25-year concession on the container terminal of the port, marking a new breakthrough business in the Gulf States in Francophone Africa, ahead of the 11th summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in Dakar in March 2008.

Plans for new infrastructure - modernization of the site and the "future of the port", as stated by President Abdoulaye Wade - are scheduled for delivery by 2012.


Total freight traffic averages 10 million metric tons.

In 2006, the port's shipping traffic carried 9.9 million tons of goods.

Port operation

Source: World Bank; African Development Bank study on the transport sector


The football (soccer) club ASC Port Autonome is named after port and the port co-owns the club.


  • Côte occidentale d'Afrique. Port et Mouillage de Dakar. Levés en 1875 ... par Mr F. Leclerc (Coast of West Africa), Paris, 1876 (carte conserved in the British Library)
  • References

    Autonomous Port of Dakar Wikipedia

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