General Cargo Division manages and handles all non-containerized cargo operation, plans berth allocation and follows stevedoring activity and productivity.

GC also offers multiple advantages to shippers moving break-bulk, heavy and over dimensional project cargo a strategic central location to distribute to all points in to Ethiopia

The port has adequate and specified berth to accommodate all type of vessels including dhows. The biggest ships are:

  • RORO vessel, LOA of 232m
  • Bulk carrier 50.000 MT, LOA 200m / Beam 33m

The activities of general cargo have expanded with the import and export of liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk, automobiles and livestock. The non-containerized dry cargo volumes have increased exponentially in 2014 and reached 4.276.424 MT mainly due to the high discharge of steel. The port has alarge open storage capacity of 150.000 metric tons of steel.

For bulk terminal, three quays are exclusively dedicated to handle dry bulk: Wheat/Fertilizer/ Sorghum and Clinker. The rate of discharge rises above 8000 tons per day when using Silo because of huge storage capacity of 30.000 tons of wheat and 40.000 tons of fertilizer. In addition, the coal cargo is growing and achieves 384 057 MT in 2014.

An off-dock automobile storage facility with storage capacity of 7000 Units can receive the high demand of RORO ships transiting in the port, around 36 073 units in 2014.

Yard operations DDP & CDE

Yard Storage for break bulk, project cargo

Storage for vehicles at PK12

Dedicated area for Coal storage at PK12

All port premises are under control of GC except container terminal.

Warehouse (private and Port at ZF) with area at 135644m²  

The port master plan is composed of different storage areas and warehouses inside the port.

  • Private warehouse ZF
  • Port warehouse ZF
  • Vacant land ZF

Camel/cattle Standing Shed 

The livestock volume has risen from zero in 2004 to 590 187 heads of livestock in 2014.

Port Weighbridge at capacity 120 tonnes

General cargo also has a weighbridge for weighing various cargos with a calibration certificate

Two buffer areas

Buffer area  for vehicle discharged from RORO before transfer from the Port to storage area at PK12 named (XTA) and buffer area for empty trucks coming from PK12 before dispatched to quays operation.