The government of East Timor has officially chosen Bolloré Africa Logistics to build and operate a container terminal at Dili for 30 years.
The project involves the construction of a 630 m wharf with a draught of 15 m and a 24-hectare yard.
The terminal will be able to handle ships of up to 7,500 teu and will create 350 jobs, according to a Bolloré statement.
A spokesperson for Bolloré told CM that, to start with, the terminal it will use two ship-to-shore gantry cranes, one mobile harbour crane and four rubber-tyred gantry cranes.
It will aim to attract national traffic, transhipment to West Timor (which is part of the same island) and transhipment to other islands.
According to Global Construction Review, the only other company to submit a proposal was P&O, a subsidiary of DP World.
ICTSI and a Portugese-Belgian consortium both expressed and interest and became pre-qualified but did not submit a technical proposal.
Timor Leste (or East Timor) is a former Portuguese colony and was controlled by Indonesia from 1975 until it became independent in 2002.
It has an economy based around agriculture and tourism and a population of just over one million people, many of whom live in poverty.
According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, its main containerised exports are coffee, broadcasting accessories and aircraft parts