Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT) has taken delivery of 14 APM 75T HE electric tractors by Gaussin to use at its second container terminal at the Port of Abidjan.
This initial delivery in May 2022 is part of a larger order for 36 electric tractors that was in April 2021 for a total of 6.5 billion CFA francs ($10.3 million).
The remaining 22 tractors will be delivered in the upcoming few weeks and will become operational in November 2022, CIT said.
The APM 75T HE tractor was built by Gaussin in cooperation with Bolloré Group’s subsidiary, Blue Solutions. This 100 per cent electric model is set to contribute to carbon-free port logistics, as well as reducing maintenance costs while increasing productivity.
The acquisition of these new tractors follows Bolloré Ports’ Green Terminal labelling process launched June 2021, with the aim of gradually decarbonising the transport of containers and wheeled vehicles in its port terminals.
“The implementation of the Green Terminal labelling process continues in our network with the introduction of a full fleet of electric tractors developed in synergy with Blue Solutions and Gaussin,” said Olivier de Noray, Ports and Terminals Managing Director of Bolloré Ports.
“This equipment will provide us with a modern, efficient infrastructure in line with our environmental commitments.”
“Combined with our actions to preserve biodiversity, this electric equipment will enable us to ensure the optimal operation of the new container terminal, and to manage our carbon footprint to the best of our ability,” added Koen de Backker, Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal.
The 30-metre-high fleet gantry cranes arrived on a semi-submersible vessel specially designed to carry gantry cranes. They will be used for the loading, unloading and storage of containers in the container yard.