After a series of test stops, the new Côte d’Ivoire terminal in Abidjan officially marked its operational and commercial commissioning on November 2 in the presence of port authorities and other local stakeholders. The first vessel officially operated at the terminal was a 267 meter long CMA CGM ROSSINI with a total capacity of 5770 TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit).
The official launch of Abidjan’s second container terminal, a joint venture between APM Terminals and Bolloré Ports, comes after successful test calls in mid-October. The arrival of the new terminal in the Ivorian and West African market is an important milestone, as the new facility should facilitate increased trade between Côte d’Ivoire and the sub-region, as well as strengthen and bring new momentum. to the existing Ivory Coast. Ivory-Burkina Faso-Mali logistics corridor.
Achieved thanks to a total investment of around 900 million euros, of which approx. 510 million EUR for the earthworks infrastructure financed by the Port of Abidjan and 400 million EUR for the superstructures, this new terminal with an area of 37.5 hectares, a quay 1100 meters long and 16 meters draft, fully digitized and equipped with all electrical equipment, will be able to handle 1.5 million TEUs per year. This new facility also features several innovations, including automated barriers and an online meeting system for trucks that significantly speeds up container pickup and delivery and improves safety during the process.
“Côte d’Ivoire Terminal is a real source of satisfaction for us. For two years, we have worked tirelessly to build this structure, in order to provide the Port of Abidjan with an infrastructure that meets international standards, capable of supporting the growth in traffic while preserving the environment”, commented Koen De Backker, Managing Director of Ivory Coast. Ivory terminal.
“We are proud to complete this major project, which will contribute to repositioning the port of Abidjan in the long term and to becoming a benchmark logistics platform on the West African coast. I congratulate the Port Autonome d’Abidjan and Côte d’Ivoire Terminal teams for working together to bring this important project to a successful conclusion,” said Hien Sie, Managing Director of the Port Autonome d’Abidjan.
Source: APM Terminals