Benin Terminal, the operator of the container terminal at the Port of Cotonou, has welcomed a 300 m container vessel, making it the largest ship to have ever berthed at the port.
Maersk’s CCNI Arauco has a loading capacity of 8,700 teu and weights more than 100,000 tonnes, sailing under the Hong Kong flag.
Thanks to the cooperation between the terminal operator and the Autonomous Port of Cotonou, four other ships of this size have already been announced over the next few days on Benin Terminal’s berths.
Arnaud Jobard, temporary managing director at Bolloré Ports, said: “This operation, resulting from the partnership between the Autonomous Port of Cotonou, Maersk and Benin Terminal, is the culmination of the plan to modernise the Port of Cotonou’s container terminal.
“With significant investments in equipment, information systems, and staff training, Benin Terminal is helping to make the Port of Cotonou a driving force for the social and economic development of Benin.”
Large-capacity ships calling at the Port of Cotonou reinforces Benin Terminal’s aim of becoming a growing regional logistics hub for Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. This is also helping to strengthen the terminal’s contribution to the economic development of Benin.