Construction works have now officially started for the Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT), Abidjan’s second container terminal.
In fact, the ground-breaking ceremony took place on 5th October in the presence of Côte d’Ivoire government officials.
The CIT contract was signed earlier this year with the China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC).
Located adjacent to the existing Abidjan Terminal, it will enhance the competitiveness of the port in the Ivoirian capital.
The new facility will be operated in the future by a joint venture between Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals.
“Once CIT becomes operational, Abidjan will be the only Port in West Africa capable of handling large vessels of up to 14 000 TEU,” said David Skov, Vice President, Head of Africa and Middle East portfolio at APM Terminals.
Once completed, CIT will have a 1,100-metre quay equipped with STS cranes.
Also, it will serve as a lever for the development of agricultural value chains, benefitting local cocoa, cashew and mango producers.