Cameroon: Port of Kribi in search of equipments to handle material

The management of the Autonomous port of Kribi, a public enterprise charged with managing the deep water port of Kribi, whose operation has been awaited for nearly two years in the region of South Cameroon has just launched a series of calls for tenders with a view to acquiring certain equipment and completing certain specific works.

One of the services to be achieved within the framework of these calls for tenders concerns rehabilitating handling equipment acquired many months ago and unused to date, due to the delay experienced in the operation of the deep water port of Kribi.

'It will soon be 2 years that these equipment are parked at the port, exposed to the effects of rain and wind from the sea. It is thus a question of rehabilitating handling equipment to optimal condition before handing them over to the terminal concessionary operator who are in the process of finalising the signature of their contract with the State of Cameroon" the MD of the Autonomous port of Kribi, Patrice Melom, confided to Quotidien.

Officially, it is the finalisation of concession contracts with certain operators of the different port terminals, which is blocking operation of the biggest port infrastructure in Cameroon. These operators have however been known since the month of August 2015.

Indeed, if the Dutch company Smit Lamnaco, was awarded the contract for haulage and mooring since last 2 February, almost 2 years after its hiring which took place by the State of Cameroon in April 2015; consortiums Necotrans-KPMO (multi-purpose terminal) and Bolloré-CMA CGM-CHEC (container terminal), both signed up since August 2015, continue to await the government's blessing to start activities in their respective terminals.

The signature of the concession contract to manage the container terminal, scheduled the first time on 2 February 2017, has been put off sine die. For unexplained reasons.

Constructed by the Chinese company CHEC, thanks to financing from Eximbank China, the deep water port of Kribi is equipped with 650 m of quays, of which 350 m for the container terminal and 265.5 m for the multi-purpose terminal. The two terminals have a capacity of respectively 300,000 Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) per year and 1.2 million tons annually.

The second phase of construction of this infrastructure plans the extension of the container terminal by 700 m of quay, aiming to increase it to 1050 m, as well as the construction of oil and ore terminals. With a 15.5 m channel, this port infrastructure which will allow draught vessels of 16m, is presented by the experts as being the best on the West African coastline.

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