The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization of Eastern and Southern African port authorities, was responsible for managing and operating the Port of Djibouti. PMAESA was created in 1973 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
In 2000, Djibouti Ports (DP) World assumed management of the Port of Djibouti to provide reliable and efficient port services, promote the port, attract foreign investment, and develop a modern intermodal infrastructure and facilities. DP World also manages the Free Trade Zone, which is home to the Djibouti Oil Terminal, the Djibouti Hotel Kempinski, and the Dorale Container Terminal. In 2007, the Port of Djibouti handled 7.5 million tons of cargo. It also handled 130 thousand TEUs in containerized imports and 119 thousand TEUs in containerized exports.
The Port of Djibouti contains 18 berths with a total quay length of 2829 meters and depths from seven to 18 meters. The general cargo facility contains eight berths with alongside depth from seven to 12 meters. There are two roll-on/roll-off berths with alongside depth of 11.5 meters The Bulk Terminal contains three berths with alongside depth of from 10.5 to 12 meters. The Container Terminal has two berths with depth of from 9.5 to 12 meters. The Oil Terminal has two berths with alongside depth of 18 meters.
The Port of Djibouti also contains ample storage for cargo. It has 16 sheds and a total of 35.2 thousand square meters of covered storage. Its quay yards cover a total of 34.6 thousand square meters, and open yards cover 116.6 thousand square meters.
In 2003, the Port of Djibouti handled 5.9 million tons of cargo, with 4.9 million tons (84%) being imports. The largest categories of imports were liquid bulk (25%), dry bulk (23%), and containers (23%). Containerized cargoes were almost all of the exports.
Several major projects are underway in the Port of Djibouti that will add greater cargo-handling capacity. Included in these are a new container terminal, an oil terminal and refinery, and new industrial and commercial free zone. A new bulk terminal will handle ships over 80 thousand gross registered tons and will handle 1.2 million tons of cargo per year.