International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has initiated with its local partners the second phase expansion of Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), located 92 miles upstream on the left back of the Congo River in DR Congo.
The second phase expansion will more than double MGT’s annual throughput capacity to 400,000 teu, as the operators aim to establish Matadi as a “cost competitive and efficient” port gateway, serving the DRC capital city of Kinshasa and surrounding hinterland.
Matadi is the closest port in Kinshasa and offers the lowest inland transport cost to cargo owners, noted ICTSI in a statement.
Hans Ole Madsen, senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at ICTSI, said: “The expansion of MGT is aligned with actual and projected container growth rates for the DRC and corresponds with cargo owner and shipping line requirements for the medium term.
“The market is seeing positive growth albeit off a relatively low base in terms of total demand. Studies suggest that Congo will achieve emerging market country status within the next 10-years and as such we are very confident that this nearly USD100 million expansion plan anticipates the DRC’s requirements over this period and will deliver unrivalled efficiencies.”
The expansion features a quay extension from 375 m to over 500m as well as the doubling of the terminal yard area to 10.5 ha, along with the installation of two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to join existing three heavy duty mobile cranes.
The introduction of new rolling equipment onto the rail system between Matadi and Kinshasa by Société Congolaise des Transports et des Ports (SCTP), an MGT shareholder and operator of the public port and rail system, will add competitiveness.
Plans are also going ahead to implement a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme to achieve the dredging of the Congo River initially to a depth of 10 m and subsequently to 12.5 m.
Implementation of this project will commence in 2020 and will promote lower marine freight rates further enhancing Matadi’s natural competitiveness.