Abidjan port: 36 electric towing vehicles for second container terminal

Côte d'Ivoire Terminal has announced ordering 36 electric towing vehicles from the manufacturer Gaussin to improve the second container terminal…

Côte d’Ivoire Terminal has announced ordering 36 electric towing vehicles from the manufacturer Gaussin to improve the second container terminal in the Port of Abidjan, a statement to APA on Thursday said.The new handling machines will equip the future container terminal, construction work on which was launched in October 2020 by Côte d’Ivoire Terminal, according to a statement.

The order valued at €9.9 million (6.5 billion CFA francs), is one of the commitments made by the leading shareholders of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal, Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals as part of the public-private partnership signed with the Ivorian authorities.

The objective is to render the new port as a pioneer in eco-responsibility.

The electric towing vehicles, to be delivered in late 2021, are 100 percent electric and emit no CO2 emissions or noise pollution. 

“They serve to reduce the cost of energy consumed at terminals by 70 percent. Powered by LMP® batteries by Blue Solutions, the new handling machines offer top-level reliability, range and safety” the statement said.

A result of the synergies between Bolloré Ports, Blue Solutions and Gaussin, the electric towing vehicles will reduce the environmental footprint of the future container terminal. 

Côte d’Ivoire Terminal plans to promote eco-responsible logistics solutions on the West African coast that take into account concern for people and their environment and which contribute to the Green Terminal certification programme.

“This electric equipment, combined with the efforts to protect biodiversity, will shrink the carbon footprint of our business activities. This is a priority for us. The aim of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal is to innovate and accelerate its energy transition with the support of the Autonomous Port of Abidjan. The success of the initial electric towing vehicles rolled out by Gaussin at other port terminals in Africa bears out the relevance of our choice,” said Koen De Backker, Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal.

Following calls for international bids, the Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals consortium won the contract for the construction and management of the second container terminal in the Port of Abidjan. 

Through an investment of over 262 billion CFA francs, work on the construction of the future Côte d’Ivoire Terminal will be completed in 2022. 

With a surface area of 37.5 hectares, 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. 

The terminal will generate 450 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs. It will contribute to the upskilling and training of young Ivorians in the port professions and the handling of latest-generation equipment.