A deep water port worth over Dinar 2,000 million is being built in the gulf of Hammamet inside the industrial area of Enfidha. The port is built across 1,000 hectares, with 3,000 hectares behind the port, a depth of 17 metres (where the largest vessels can dock), 5 km of quays, of which 3.6 dedicated to containers and 1.4 for storage.
Once it is completed, it will have a capacity of five million teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and four tonnes of solid storage room.
The Tunisian government vies with the new port to boost its offer in the Mediterranean after a sectorial crisis and instability following the revolution.
The port will be part of the industrial park of Enfidha which includes an airport and stretches over thousands of square metres. The park already offers international companies and industries equipped areas and urbanization work.
The project was first presented in 2008 but was suspended after the Tunisian revolution and during the crisis which affected the main ports. The situation is now improving, opening new opportunities.
The project of deep-water port in Enfidha is included in the five-yearly development plan 2016-2020 and the measures of its materialisation will be accelerated, Transport Minister Anis Ghedira told Media.
He added, on the sidelines of his visit Friday to Enfidha, that the project will have a positive impact on the midland and Sahel regions and the neighbouring governorates, it will employ some 20,000 persons in a first stage.
Ghedira pointed out that his department had updated the studies and cost of the project dating back to 2008, specifying that the port will be achieved according to new standards to help the county position itself as a sea trade site and destination to cope with the competition of 13 deep-water ports in the Mediterranean.
The achievement of a new logistical zone near the port over 2,000 hectares, will offer prospects to create industrial and free-trade zones favouring job creation.
MNHN (The Report, Tunisia 2016)