Ports: Pointe-Noire's new container port construction launched.

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The President of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou N'Guesso, and Vincent Bollore, president of the Bollore Group, have officially launched the construction phase of the modernisation and expansion of the container terminal at Pointe-Noire. It is part of the development agreement signed between the Autonomous Port of Pointe-Noire and the syndicate formed by Bollore Africa Logistics and its local partners Socotrans, Samariti and Translo.

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The new Congo terminal will make Pointe-Noire the primary deep-water port for Central Africa, serving as a major trans-shipment terminal and also as the main port for hinterland transits of both imports and exports to and from the Congo basin. It will enable the development of trade corridors for the DR Congo, Central African Republic and northern Angola.

Tenders for civil engineering work are now being sought for the first stage of the modernisation, to lengthen the quay by 270m to a total length of 800m with a water depth of 15m, capable of receiving container ships with a capacity of up to 7,000 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) containers. The Congo terminal will eventually have 1,500m of quays (800m at depths to 15m and 700m at depths to 13m), 38ha of storage facilities, compared to the 17ha it operates today; 14 quay-side gantries and 34 storage-yard gantries. These resources should enable it to handle 1m TEUs a year by 2020, up from the 200,000 TEUs it handled in 2008. The new Pointe-Noire terminal will start operations next July.

Over the 27-year concession, investments of CFA374bn ($774m) are expected to be required, of which $677m will be provided by the Bollore Africa...

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