Port of Abidjan readies ops with first test port call

Port of Abidjan readies ops with first test port call

Côte d’Ivoire Terminal has successfully completed its first test call at the Port of Abidjan hosting the containership MSC Floriana.

The 50-hour exercise allowed for evaluation of the unloading and loading operations using Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantries, and of the handling of the containers at the yard with Rubber-Tyred Gantry (RTG) cranes and Gaussin electric tractors.

The evaluation also involved the port’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) linked to the invoicing and customs systems.

Finally, the operation tested the means of communication, the synchronisation of truck movements and the interactions between the services of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal and its customers.

“We are pleased to have been able to successfully complete the various tests of our entire operational structure, in terms of both equipment and the work of our teams,” said Koen de Backker, Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal.

“This performance means that we are entirely satisfied with the implementation of our operational system and assures us of our teams’ ability to receive and handle every ship that calls at our quay.”

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“We are pleased to receive this first test port call at the new container terminal at the Port of Abidjan,” added Olivier De Noray, Ports and Terminals Managing Director.

“The success of this operation demonstrates the abilities of our equipment and our teams when it comes to respond to our customers’ requests and process them.

“This is therefore an important step that will reassure all our partners and future clients before the terminal comes into service.”

The tests come a month before the launch of operations at the new container terminal at the Port of Abidjan.

Bolloré Ports, APMT and the Côte d’Ivoire government launched the construction work of the container terminal in 2020.

Representing an investment of 262 billion CFA francs ($392.5 million), the new container terminal will be able to process over 1.5 million TEU containers a year and welcome ships with a draught of 16 metres on 1,100 metres of wharves.

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