Plans for the new facility (TC2), call for an investment of 300bn Central African Francs (US$590m) over the 21-year concession term. With a depth of 16 m, the TC2 Public-Private Partnership will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 8,000 teu capacity, greatly expanding the role of the port as a regional hub for West Africa, in accordance with the port’s Master Plan.
New construction will include 35 hectares (86 acres) of yard along 1,100 m of quay, equipped with ship-to-shore gantry cranes and electric rubber-tyre gantry cranes (eRTGs), an environmentally-friendly innovation representing a first for port operations in the Ivory Coast, and Africa.
Abidjan is one of the busiest container ports in West Africa, and a key regional transhipment hub with throughput of 600,000 teu in 2012. APM Terminals is the largest terminal operator in West Africa, with a presence in nine existing facilities in the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, and Angola.