Madagascar investment continues
Madagascar International Container Terminal at Toamasina, run by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) through a 20-year concession signed in 2005, is also looking for transhipment; Madagascar International Container Terminal Services (MICTS) has stated its ambitions to be "Africa's secondary hub".
ICTSI completed the first phase of its $30m modernisation programme at the terminal last year. This included the deployment of a twin-lift mobile crane to add to the two Gottwalds already in place. "We also added four one-over-five RTGs from Noell, and deployed Navis SPARCS," says ICTSI vice president Christian Gonzalez.Phase two is now almost complete: "This includes the rehabilitation of the two berths under MICTS control. Works have included below-ground reinforcement and concreting of the quay deck, as well as a number of other improvements. To date we have invested over $30m, including items such as security, other equipment, systems, etc, and we believe that these investments have led to the terminal becoming one of the most efficient and secure in Africa.
"Future plans include possible land expansion/acquisition, new equipment for both the land and sea side, and upgrades in IT systems if and when volume growth requires."
MICTS' volumes grew 20% last year and so far volumes have been up 40% in 2008. The terminal currently handles a small amount of transhipment.
Opportunities to use the port as a transhipment hub or "jumping off" point for India or Africa are being explored, says Mr Gonzalez. "Investment programmes in place will allow us to jump at the opportunity if it presents itself."
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