Protests have paralysed the container terminal of Port Sudan for several days. Earlier, on 21 September, an attempted coup d'état had failed, as reported by the Sudanese government. The German government has welcomed the Sudanese government's commitment to continuing the transition and reform process in a statement.
The country has been in transition since the overthrow of the former head of state Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 and suffers from economic hardship. The aim is to unite Sudan behind a transitional government mandated to transfer the country to ensure the improvement of the financial and socio-economic situation.
The Sudanese government had taken measures to improve the efficiency of the port and, in June this year, commissioned HPC to increase the productivity and performance of the South Port Container Terminal (SPCT).
HPC has been on-site with a team of terminal experts since June. "All colleagues are well, and we will continue our work," reports project manager Christina Prieser. "We are in close exchange with our colleagues to regularly assess the situation. As far as possible, we can and will work to strengthen the container port in its importance as an economic engine for the region's development and the entire country. Despite the difficulties associated with the circumstances, we are making good progress."
In the first 100 days of cooperation, inspections of the cranes have been completed. Preparations of necessary repairs of the equipment are underway. Other focal points of the HPC consultancy work are the reduction of vessel waiting times and improving operational procedures.
"There is still a lot to do," Christina Prieser sums up. "The potential is enormous, and the motivation of our team, as well as that of SPC, is unceasingly high. We are united by the goal and the prospect of achieving the desired performance improvements together."