Kribi Port Authority, a public company responsible for managing the deep-water port of Kribi, has launched a series of calls for tenders to equip and start up certain equipment. The commissioning of the company is expected for almost 2 years in the region of South Cameroon.
“It will soon be 2 years that these equipment are parked in port, suffering the bad weather of which the thunder of the sea winds. It is therefore a question of restoring optimal exploitation of the handling equipment, before returning them to the dealers of the terminals who are in the process of finalizing the signing of their contract with the State of Cameroon, “Patrice Melom entrusted the government daily, the General Manager of the Kribi Port Authority.
Officially, it is the finalization of concession contracts with some operators of the different terminals of the port that blocks the commissioning of the largest port infrastructure of Cameroon. These operators have been known since August 2015. The Dutch company Smit Lamnaco, the contractor for the towing and lashing contract, has been contracting since 2 February, almost 2 years after its recruitment by the State in April 2015. The Necotrans-KPMO (multipurpose terminal) and Bolloré-CMA CGM-CHEC (container terminal) consortiums continue to wait for the government’s anointing to start operating on their respective terminals. However, they were recruited in August 2015.
The signing of the concession contract for the management of the container terminal, scheduled for the first time on 2 February 2017, has been postponed sine die. The reasons were not specified.
Built by the Chinese company CHEC, thanks to financing from Eximbank China, the deep water port of Kribi 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 capacities of 300,000 Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU) per year and 1.2 million tonnes per year.
The second phase of construction of this infrastructure includes the extension of the 700 m container terminal to 1050 m, as well as the construction of mineral terminals. With a channel of 15.5 m, this port infrastructure will accommodate ships with a draft of 16m. It is presented by experts as the best on the West African coast.