Since 2009, Bolloré Ports, through its Congo Terminal subsidiary, has invested substantially to make the Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire into a modern, highly-efficient platform on a par with the world’s leading ports and among the most efficient in Africa.
The investments have focused firstly on deepening the draught and lengthening the wharves. By the end of 2016, total available wharf length will have been increased to 1.5 km. Secondly, they have been used to acquire modern information systems and a range of operating and handling equipment, including four mobile cranes, 16 rubber tyred gantries (RTG), and six STS gantries for a total of 34 bn FCFA.
In just a few years, Congo Terminal has practically doubled its storage areas, now totalling over 32 hectares (79 acres), ten of which have been reclaimed from the sea. On completion of the D wharves at the end of 2016, the area will have been extended to over 40 hectares (almost 100 acres).
Since the project began in 2009, Congo Terminal has invested 235 bn FCFA. In 2016 alone, investments have amounted to 34 bn FCFA, of which 11 bn FCFA were spent on the two gantries delivered this week.
Today, with the new infrastructures, Port Autonome de Pointe-Noire has the capacity to process over 11 million containers per year, compared with 150,000 in 2009. In 2015, Congo Terminal handled over 600,000 containers.