Congo Terminal’s new infrastructure in Pointe-Noire Port has been inaugurated, in an effort to help the port in the Republic of Congo become a central African transhipment hub.
The developments include extension and reconstruction work on 800 m of the G dock and in parallel construction of the 700 m of the D dock.
Congo Terminal, whose leading shareholders are Bolloré Ports, A.P. Moller and Socotrans, is the concessionary of the Pointe-Noire container terminal.
Since 2009 the operators have invested FCFA250bn (US$450m) in the development of infrastructure, the acquisition of stevedoring equipment and the installation of a high-performance operating system.
Through these investments, the Pointe-Noire Port is now able to welcome ships of over 14,000teu in capacity and has attained an average productivity rate of over 60 movements an hour, as well as an average dock waiting time for ships of slightly under 24 hours.
Olivier de Noray, CEO of ports and terminals at Bolloré Ports, said: “This inauguration testifies to the success of the public-private partnership between the Congolese authorities and Congo Terminal. We are proud to have contributed to making the Pointe-Noire Autonomous Port the main gateway to the Congo basin and one of the leading transshipment platforms in Central Africa.
“Committed to a sustainable investment approach, Congo Terminal pays major attention to the inclusive development of Congolese communities through solidarity actions. Concerned about its socio-economic footprint, the company is involved in an environmental certification process that makes Congo Terminal, a precursor to the Green Terminal label on the Atlantic façade.”
In 2019, Congo Terminal also set a new performance record with 920,000 teu handled.