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ICTSI to double container capacity in DR Congo

ICTSI to double container capacity in DR Congo

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has, together with its local partners, started the second phase expansion of its Matadi Gateway Terminal (MGT), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

MGT located 92 miles upstream on the left bank of the Congo River and Phase 2 expansion will more than double its’s existing annual throughput capacity to 400,000 per year.

Phase Two expansion of Matadi terminal includes quay extension from 375m to over 500 m, doubling container yard to 10.5 ha, installation of two STS in addition to three mobile cranes, new landside handling equipment, and extend IT systems.

The introduction of new rolling equipment onto the rail system between Matadi and Kinshasa by Société Congolaise des Transports et des Ports (SCTP), an MGT shareholder and operator of the public port and rail system, will improve the port’s connectivity. So too will realisation of plans to implement a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme to achieve the dredging of the Congo River initially to a depth of 10 metres and subsequently to 12.5 metres. Implementation of this project will commence in 2020.

“The expansion of MGT is aligned with actual and projected container growth rates for the DRC. and corresponds with cargo owner and shipping line requirements for the medium term,” said Hans Ole Madsen, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, ICTSI.

“The market is seeing positive growth albeit off a relatively low base in terms of total demand.  Studies suggest that Congo will achieve emerging market country status within the next 10-years and as such we are very confident that this nearly $100m expansion plan anticipates the DRC’s requirements over this period and will deliver unrivaled efficiencies,” he added.

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