Following the devestating tsunami that struck the region in 2004, Mogadishu port has struggled rebuild itself. The heavy fighting in the Mogadishu city has made it nearly impossible for major repairs to be undertaken before now.
WFP Somalia has embarked on an ambitious effort to rebuild the port and rehabilitate the roads and waterways that feed it. Currently, WFP is salvaging three tug boats, one boat, one truck and several containers sunk at dockside; dredging 80,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of silt out of the channels to allow greater access; constructing a 20,000MT warehouse within the port walls and conducting a bathymetric survey of the harbor floor.
WFP is also undertaking the training of additional staff needed to support the reconstruction efforts and will construct a training hall and staff quarters for their use. A 275KVA generator, a back-up generator and 64,000L elevated freshwater tank have been installed to support the new team.
Future activities will include the reinforcement of existing port structures to ensure staff security and safety, the supply of port handling equipment and the installation and rehabilitation of AtoN (Aids to Navigation) devices. AtoN devices include beacons and buoys that signal the shape of the coast, water depth, marine hazards and directional information using colors and sounds. Already, 114 fenders have arrived in Mombasa and will soon be shipped to Mogadishu port for installation.
Due to insecurity access to the project site has been limited and the completion date has been extended to February of 2010. This is unfortunate as some of the structures are desperately in need of repairs and are at risk of collapsing.
Special thanks to: Michael Nuboer, Tarek Keshavjee and the entire WFP Somalia Team!