CMA CGM Nigerian terminal deal
CMA CGM Group have signed an agreement with Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE) to operate the future container terminal in Nigeria’s first, yet to be built, 16m deep sea port.
Lekki Deep Sea Port will be developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority, while CMA CGM, through its subsidiary CMA Terminals, will be responsible for marketing, operations and maintenance of the container terminal.
Speaking about the project, operations for which are due to start at the end of 2020, Farid T. Salem, executive officer of CMA CGM Group, declared: “Thanks to its position and capacity, Lekki Port will allow us to bring to Nigeria larger container ships from Europe and Asia to better serve our customers and pursue our commitment to the development of the entire region.
“With CMA CGM’s unique service offering and expertise combined with our logistics and inland services, our presence in Lekki Port will benefit the entire Nigerian supply chain and market as well as neighboring countries.”
Lekki Port will have two container berths, 13 quay cranes, a 1,200m long quay and capacity of 2.5m teus.
As well as being Nigeria’s first deep sea port, allowing the group to deploy ships with a capacity of up to 14,000 teus, Lekki is expected to be the deepest port in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Development of the port is anticipated to allow CMA CGM Group to develop its presence into West Africa’s first consumer market. The port will also help reduce congestion in the Port of Lagos, located to the west of Lekki, and serve as a transshipment hub, especially to neighbouring countries like Togo and Benin.
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