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CIT Abidjan orders 36 electric terminal tractors from Gaussin

CIT Abidjan orders 36 electric terminal tractors from Gaussin
The APM 75T HE model

CIT Abidjan, a port in the Ivory Coast jointly operated by Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals, has ordered 36 fully electric terminal tractors from Gaussin, as well as 24 powerpacks and six 36-channel charging stations.

The €9.9m (US$12m) order is the largest since the launch of the APM 75T HE tractors, which are designed to transport containers in ports.

CIT is a new terminal in Abidjan with an annual capacity of 1.2m teu and a total surface area of 37.5 ha. It is equipped with six quay cranes and 13 electric rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes, making it the first container terminal in Africa to integrate as much electric equipment.

This order from Maersk and Bolloré Ports comes after tests were conducted by Bolloré Ports for nearly 12 months with two APM vehicles acquired in 2019 for the nearby CT1 terminal in Abidjan.

Christophe Gaussin, CEO of Gaussin, said: “The APM 75T HE equipped with Blue Solution’s “all-solid” Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) batteries was launched in 2019 and continues its penetration of the port tractor market.

“After sales in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, we are proud to contribute to the decarbonisation of port operations on the African continent with this major order from two giants of the port sector.”

The agreement furthers the collaboration between Gaussin and Bolloré Ports, which had together in 2019 signed an agreement giving the operator preferential rights until the end of 2025.

Unicaf, Bolloré Group’s central purchasing unit, has preferential rights for the APM 75T “HE” Hot Environment, 100% electric terminal tractor, equipped with the LMP powerpack from Blue Solutions.