International Container Terminal Services’ (ICTSI) new terminal, located in Matadi on the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is on schedule to open for business in August, 2016 with one berth.
The new terminal will deliver purpose-designed container handling capacity coupled with modern general cargo handling and storage facilities.
Full delivery of phase one, incorporating a second berth and total quay line of 350 metres will be completed by November, 2016.
Handling operations along the 350-metre quay will be via heavy duty mobile cranes with reach stackers in the yard area for container handling.
Container handling capacity will be 175,000 TEU per year with a 9ha terminal area incorporating a yard area of 6ha.
The terminal operating system to be used will be Navis N4, incorporating value-added functions such as integrated billing.
Construction activity to date at the terminal site has seen the completion of the access road, commencement of piling for the quay and the start of works on the yard area and terminal building and gates.
Hans-Ole Madsen, Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at ICTSI, said: “We are very pleased to be progressing this USD 100m investment on schedule in Matadi. The works are going well and we are very confident that we will be able to meet current and future cargo handling requirements for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in both the container and general cargo handling sectors.
“We are ready to undertake this as it is just a matter of timing in line with demand. We are very confident that we can build on the new efficiencies that phase one will deliver including reduced vessel waiting time and reduced transit times for goods from point of origin to destination.”
Fact File: The ICTSI DR Congo Terminal is a joint-venture company between ICTSI, the Ledya Group and SCTP SA. ICTSI operates 29 terminals in 20 countries and is recognised as a leading developer, manager and operator of gateway container terminals of different sizes and serving extended hinterlands, including cross border.