In Sierra Leone, Bollore Redesigns Freetown Port Terminal
As part of its contribution to the success of the Agenda for Prosperity, Bollore has given a facelift to the Freetown Port Terminal at the Queen Elizabeth Quay II in Freetown.
The company has spent thousands of United States Dollars on purchasing equipment and also conducting capacity building trainings for staff as well as paving and extending the Container Terminal.
The company’s management this week took journalists on a conducted tour of the Terminal in order for them to have a firsthand assessment of the improvement made so far by the company at the Port.
It could be recalled that the Freetown Container Terminal was in 2010 privatized by the Government of Sierra Leone to Bollore for twenty years. The Port was privatized in order for the company to improve on the logistical aspect of the Port and to also standardize the Port’s Container Terminal to meet world class standard and improved technology.
The General Secretary of the company, Mr. Joseph Lambert told journalists that the purpose of the tour was to acquaint journalists about the general operations of Bollore.
The Managing Director of Bollore, Mr. Mark Gerald said since the Terminal was handed over to his company years back, they have tried as best as possible to comply with the outlined obligations in the privatization agreement.
He said since then, there has been lots of improvements, including conditions of service, safety and security, health and standards, adding that the Terminal currently has two giant Cranes that works on a 24hours basis at the Port.
The company’s Deputy General Manager, Mr. Bertrand Kerguelen said the Sierra Leone Port is now far ahead in terms of development, than those of Monrovia, Namibia and The Gambia. He said Bollore has two mobile harbour Cranes with a capacity of 100 tons, seven stackers, two front loaders, nine harbour tugs and other machinery.
He said in 2010, the container volume evaluation was estimated at 20,000 but that with the rapid improvement made by Bollore in recent times, it is expected that an increment of 50,000 in container evaluation will be realized by the end of 2013. The new pavement, he went on, has been designed to handle a capacity of about four hundred containers at a time.
Source: Awareness Times