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ICTSI’s new Congo terminal to start operations in August 2016

ICTSI’s new Congo terminal to start operations in August 2016
Manila-based International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) is due to start operations at its new terminal in Matadi port located on the Congo River in Democratic Republic of the Congo from August 2016.

The ICTSI DR Congo Terminal will deliver purpose-designed container handling capacity coupled with modern general cargo handling and storage facilities.

The terminal in Matadi port will initially start operations in August with one berth. By November this year, it will incorporate a second berth and have a total quay line of 350 metres, depending on demand.

Container handling capacity will be 175,000 per year with a nine-hectare terminal area incorporating a yard area of six hectares. Depth alongside the quay will be 12 metres, allowing the berthing of panamaxes, handmaxes and wafmax vessels.

ICTSI said it will also investigate the impact and opportunities for dredging the river in phases from 7.3 metres to 9.1 metres, 11 metres and eventually possibly even 12 metres.

Handling operations along the 350 metres quay will be via heavy duty mobile cranes with reach stackers in the yard area for container handling.

“We are very pleased to be progressing this $100m investment on schedule in Matadi,” said Hans-Ole Madsen, ICTSI senior vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

“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,” he said.

The ICTSI DR Congo Terminal is a joint venture company between ICTSI, The Ledya Group and SCTP SA.

ICTSI currently operates 29 terminals in 20 countries and is recognised as a developer, manager and operator of gateway container terminals of different sizes and serving extended hinterlands including cross border.