Kribi Deep Sea port still to go Operational

The port infrastructure delivered over the past two years has taken a long time, but remains out of service despite the promise of an effective start in the first quarter of 2017, announced in December 2016 by Patrice MELOM, its managing director.

Despite the fact that it has been ready since 2015, it can be seen that the autonomous port of Kribi is still satisfied with the simulation of arrivals and departures from ships, but that in addition to these virtual maneuvers, aircraft such as tugs Corroded by rust will soon be good only for breakage if not transferred abroad for technical review.
Patrice Melom the Port's Managing Director had declared to the head of the European Union delegation in Cameroon on the 1 December 2016, that in the course of the first quarter of 2017, the Kribi autonomous port would welcome its first commercial vessel. Unfortunately, It is not so.



Camcord sought to know why the port is not yet operational. And an official of the Central Administration said, "This is due to delays in the signing of contracts with consortia awarded concessions for the management of multi-purpose and container terminals. " Amongst these consortia of operators are
Dutch company Smit Lamnaco, the winner of the towing and landing contract (which has been contracted since 2 February), the Necotrans-KPMO (polyvalent terminal) and Bolloré-CMA CGM-CHEC (container terminal) consortia Recruited since August 2015. They continue to wait for government approval to invest their respective terminals. Planned for the 2 February 2017 the  signing of these contracts was postponed to a date not yet specified for unspecified reasons.

The Kribi deep-sea port has 650 m of platforms, of which 350 m for the container terminal and 265,5 m for the multipurpose terminal. The two terminals have respective capacity of 300,000 Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) per year and 1.2 million tonnes per year. The second phase of construction of this infrastructure, which is being handled by the Chinese company CHEC, with financing from Eximbank China, is to extend the 700 m container terminal to 1050 m, As well as the construction of mineral and hydrocarbon terminals.

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