Aden port


The ports of Aden and Mukalla are critical and irreplaceable infrastructure essential to commercial and humanitarian activities in Yemen. Fifty seven percent of all imports into Yemen and twenty percent of all humanitarian assistance pass through these ports. This essential lifeline for the eastern and central part of Yemen has been threatened by an ongoing war, which has made key humanitarian infrastructure very hard to maintain and partially unusable.

A United Nations (UN) sponsored agreement to address the significant humanitarian impact of the fighting in Yemen was endorsed in Stockholm, Sweden on 14 December 2018. The UN has moved forward to meet its obligations and to engage with the parties involved to the conflict to seek consensus on the technical details of the agreement.

The UN asked Solid Port Solutions to be part of a mission to execute a port assessment. The purpose of the assessment was firstly to determine the required urgent actions to keep the ports operational. The secondary target was to determine what is needed to get the port in a state in which it is capable of discharging and loading cargo and containers on vessels without the need of ships gears.

Client: United Nations
Country: Yemen
Year of execution of project: 2020 - 2021

Specialisms involved for this project:

Master Plan Studies
Maintenance Management Systems
Recommendation for Operational Concepts
Recommendation for Technical Concept
Strategy Development
Technical Specifications Review
Development of Terminal Layout Plans

Services delivered

  • Review and assessment of the status of supporting equipment in the ports of Aden and Mukalla
  • Review and assessment of cargo and container handling equipment in the port of Aden and Mukalla;
  • Advise the UN on urgent actions needed to keep the port operational;
  • Advise the UN on action needed to restore the container handling capacity of the port of Adan and Mukalla to a pre-war status.