Located at the crossroads of the maritime lines connecting Europe to South America and North America to South Africa, the Port of Dakar enjoys an exceptional geographical position. This allows vessels coming from the North to have a navigation gain of two (2) to three (3) days compared to other ports on the West African coast.
PAD offers a stable and well-secured 177- ha water body, a 195m- channel recently dredged to -13 m that stretches from the landing buoy nº. 12 to the Container Terminal (which required the removal of about 700,000 m3 of residues).
The port of Dakar is perfectly signposted, and is one of the few ports on the West African coast where vessels of all types can access at all times thanks to the exceptional nautical conditions of the site (maximum tides levels vary between 0.20 and 1.80m).
The strategic vision “Port of Excellence by 2023” is reflected in the policy of wharf specialization that is supported by performance, efficiency, security.
The Port of Dakar is the western-most point on the continent of Africa. It is also the capital of Senegal and one of the major seaports in West Africa.
Access to this deep-water port is through a channel dredged to 13 meters with a 250-meter-wide entrance. Protected by the Island of Gorée, the fairway is accessible 24 hours a day. Tidal variation at the Port of Dakar is about 1.2 meters.
The Port of Dakar has more than 30 berths totaling around 10 km located in two different zones and separated by the fishing port, the naval base and a shipyard. The northern zone hosts the jetties 4, 5, 8, and 10, the container terminal, and the oil wharf. The southern zone includes jetties 1, 2, and 3.