International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) announced that Kribi Multipurpose Terminal (KMT), its subsidiary in Cameroon, has started commercial operations at the multi-purpose terminal of the Port of Kribi in Cameroon, the gateway to Central Africa.
Located within the Port of Kribi, KMT is purposely built to handle multipurpose shipping line services including RoRo, project and heavy lift cargo, forestry products, dry bulk and other general cargoes, and to offer support services to the oil and gas industry.
Under the concession contract, KMT will develop, operate and maintain the multipurpose facility at Kribi, a newly built deep-water port located 170 kilometres South of Douala.
Phase 1 consists of 265 meters of berth and 10 hectares of yard; phase 2 consists of an additional 350 meters of berth and 23 hectares of yard; and the whole facility has 16 meters of water depth.
ICTSI said KMT is capable of accommodating the largest vessels plying the waters today. The concession contract has a duration of 25 years until 2045.
“We are excited to kick off our operation in Cameroon, and we look forward to working closely with the EXIM trade, promoting and enhancing smooth cargo movements,” said Kathy Magne, KMT chief executive officer.
Port of Kribi is located on the Atlantic coast 285 km from the capital Yaoundé, and 170 km from Douala.
Kribi is strategically positioned in the centre of the Gulf of Guinea and spearheads the Logistics Corridor into Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and as far as Gabon and Congo.
The port is surrounded by the Kribi Industrial Area, a 262 square-kilometer zone destined to accommodate new industrial and logistical developments.