Construction works have officially begun for the Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), Abidjan’s second container terminal, which is expected to be operational at the end of 2021.
The beginning of works follows the signing of the contract with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in August and the new facility will be located adjacent to the existing Abidjan terminal.
Through a joint-venture Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals (APMT) are set to operate the future terminal, which will have a capacity of 1.2m teu in its first phase of development.
In recent years, Côte d’Ivoire has achieved a solid GDP growth rate, averaging 6-7% per annum, which has resulted in significant growth in import and export volumes.
With the additional capacity provided by CIT, the terminal and the Port of Abidjan will not only cater to the needs of the local market but also be able to serve as a preferred gateway for neighbouring countries.
Currently, these neighbouring countries have had to rely on less optimal routes due to capacity restrictions at local gateway terminals such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
David Skov, vice president and head of APMT’s Africa and Middle East portfolio, said: “Once CIT becomes operational, Abidjan will be the only port in West Africa capable of handling large vessels of up to 14,000 teu and will therefore create an attractive value proposition for marine and landside customers, unlocking new opportunities.”
Upon completion, CIT will have a 1,100 m quay equipped with ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, a rail yard with two tracks of 300 m each and offer reefer plugs for up to 1,100 containers.