Bollore Transport and Logistics a renowned port handler in France with branches across the globe, has completed over 50% of the current works on the 270m container terminal extension at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.

At a depth of 13m, plus 707m, to a depth, forming a central of 3.5 hectares, the Freetown Container Terminal extension works commenced marginally over a year ago, with funds from Bollore Ports, a sub-division of Bollore Transport and Logistics and will be fully completed in September 2018.

The $120 million investment is in sync with government’s development aspirations to transform the Queen Elizabeth II Quay into a large state-of the art transhipment hub in West Africa, create job opportunities, raise the port’s level of income and revenue generation, install cranes, erect a new 27m berth, two ship terminal shores, improve port service delivery capacity to accommodate over six thousand container vessels, host deep sea ships, and above all tap into the potentials for sustainable economic growth of Sierra Leone.

With the highest level of commitments being demonstrated so far by the management, Bollore Transport and Logistics is presently making substantial contribution towards the socio-economic development of Sierra Leone, through diverse means coupled with the continuing extension of the Freetown Container Terminal, directly employing well over 200 Sierra Leoneans as stipulated in the country’s local content policy.

She disclosed that when finally completed, the Freetown Container Terminal will be of the same standard as ports in Conakry, Dakar, and Accra; and will be 24 hours – 365 days operational as a trans-shipment hub with landing, loading and unloading uninterrupted, to meet international demands in the entire sub-region. President Ernest Bai Koroma in a statement during the commissioning of the refurbishment work on 14 October, 2016 said the venture is an indication of Sierra Leone’s readiness for business.

Country Manager Bollore Logistics and Transport, Captain Fabjanko Kokan said his company will continue to make the required industrious efforts to meet the timeframe slated for the completion of the Freetown Container Terminal. He said that Bollore is in Sierra Leone to stay, serving as a reliable partner and in full compliance with the local content policy, which is why so many Sierra Leoneans are being employed directly by the company, to work together with experts and other foreign consultants while on the other hand assuring ship owners worldwide to continue to berth at the Freetown Container Terminal as the gateway of the country during humanitarian crisis.

Bollore is a first class integrated logistics network and port handler in Africa with 36 years record of operational experience in Sierra Leone, is working hard to deliver on its mandate to improve international trade, easy movement of vessels in and out of the port.

Source: SierraLeoneTelegraph