CMA CGM Group, Bolloré Transport Logistics (BTL) and Chinese group CHEC have signed a concession agreement to operate Kribi Container Terminal in Cameroon.
The companies will run the facility for 25 years under a public-private partnership with Cameroon’s government, hoping to turn it into a hub for Africa’s Atlantic Coast and hinterland countries.
The Port of Kribi is connected to the city of Edéa, enabling direct connections with landlocked countries such as Chad or the Central African Republic, and complementing services offered by the Port of Douala.
Currently, the terminal has a 350 m-wide dock with 16 m depth, giving it the ability to accommodate ships of 8,000 teu capacity. Dock and yard gantry cranes will be put into service in the coming weeks to enable operations to begin.
Plans are in place for a phase two expansion, giving it the ability to operate 11,000 teu vessels.
Development plans also include a 715 m dock and 32 ha of open ground, totalling a 1.3m teu annual capacity.
It can accommodate ships of 8,000 teu with plans to expand in order to host up to 11,000 teu vessels.
CMA CGM ships more than 35% of containers from the West African Coast, BTL has been operating in Africa and Cameroon for over 50 years and CHEC has been involved in infrastructure development in Cameroon.