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Freetown Terminal : A gateway to Sierra Leone and its hinterland

Freetown. 27 November 2018

On November 23, 2018, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and Cyrille Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics attended the official ceremony celebrating the end of the extension work on Freetown Terminal (concession of Bolloré Ports).

Since Bolloré Ports won the international tender launched by the Sierra Leonean authorities in March 2011, every effort has been made to bring Freetown Terminal up to the highest international standards. As a first step, the existing yards were refurbished, and modern equipment purchased, which made possible to handle a traffic increase of over 30%. In October 2016, major extension work started, and they were completed on time. 

Thus, after two years of construction, the extended Freetown Terminal started its activities in September 2018. With its additional 270-m-long quay with a water depth of 13m, the extended terminal can now accommodate ships of 6.000 TEUs. This work increases the terminal's capacity and will facilitate trade and contribute to the growth of the local economy.

Cyrille Bolloré - CEO of Bolloré Transport & Logistics

« This partnership between the Sierra Leone government and the Bolloré Group is an illustration of a successful public-private partnership, we are very proud of the work accomplished by our teams. Our commitment to the country is long-term and we really want to support its logistic transformation to contribute to the growth of Sierra Leone's economy. »

Strong local commitments

Long term and local commitments are part of Bolloré Ports’ DNA, which contributes to the economic and social development of the countries where it operates. That is why 99% of its employees in Sierra Leone have been recruited and trained locally. For example, last summer, 35 employees of Freetown terminal were trained on handling the new port equipments. To manage the increasing volume in the container terminal, several hundred jobs will be created locally, along with a knowhow transfer programme for local staff.

Key figures

  • Total wharf length : 977 meters
  • Draught : - 13 m in depth
  • Equipment : 2 STS, 4 RTG, 3 mobile cranes, 8 reachstackers