International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI)’s Cameroonian subsidiary, Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT), has started commercial operations at the Port of Kribi in Central Africa.
KMT has been purposefully built to handle multipurpose shipping line services including roll-on roll-off (ro-ro), project and heavy lift cargo, forestry products, dry bulk and other general cargoes as well as offering support services to the oil and gas industry.
Under a 25-year concession contract, which runs until 2045, KMT will develop, operate and maintain the multipurpose facility at Kribi.
Located 170 km South of Douala, Phase 1 of the newly-built deep-water port consists of 265 m of berth and 10 ha of yard.
Phase 2 consists of an additional 350 m of berth and 23 ha of yard, with the whole facility sporting a total 16 m of water depth.
KMT is capable of accommodating the largest vessels currently used on trade routes and is equipped with state-of-the-art handling equipment.
Kathy Magne, KMT chief executive officer, said: “We are excited to kick off our operation in Cameroon, and we look forward to working closely with the EXIM trade, promoting and enhancing smooth cargo movements.”
The Port of Kribi is located on the Atlantic coast and is strategically positioned in the centre of the Gulf of Guinea, spearheading the logistics corridor into Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and as far as Gavon and Congo.
It is surrounded by the 262 sq km Kriu Industrial Area, which aims to accommodate new industrial and logistical developments.