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ICTSI Democratic Republic of the Congo container terminal to open in August

MANILA'S International Container Terminal Services Inc'S (ICTSI) new terminal at Matadi on the Congo River, DRC, will open in August, the company has announced.

ICTSI Democratic Republic of the Congo container terminal to open in August
18 January 2016 - 21:13

ICTSI Democratic Republic of the Congo container terminal to open in August
MANILA'S International Container Terminal Services Inc'S (ICTSI) new terminal at Matadi on the Congo River, DRC, will open in August, the company has announced.
The new terminal will deliver purpose-designed container handling capacity coupled with modern general cargo handling and storage facilities.
Matadi is the chief sea port of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the capital of the Kongo-Central province on the left bank 148 kilometres (92 miles) from the sea. 
The port serves an extensive hinterland including the capital city of Kinshasa, the largest city in Central Africa.
The ICTSI DR Congo Terminal will initially commence operations in August 2016, with one berth. Full delivery of Phase One, incorporating a second berth and total quay line of 350 metres by November. 
Annual capacity will be 175,000 TEU a year on a nine hectare terminal area incorporating a yard area of six hectares. 
Depth alongside the quay will be 12 metres at all times, offering the ability to serve Panamax, Handymax and Wafmax vessels.
ICTSI is also investigating the impact and opportunities for dredging from 7.3 metres to 9.1 metres, 11 metres and eventually possibly even 12 metres. 
Handling operations along the 350 metres quay will be via heavy duty mobile cranes with reach stackers in the yard area for container handling.
The Terminal Operating System will be Navis N4, incorporating value-added functions such as integrated billing, etc.
Construction activity to date at the terminal site, which is located south west of Pont Marechal (before the bridge) and the existing public port, has seen the completion of the access road, commencement of piling for the quay and the start of works on the yard area and terminal building and gates.
"We are very pleased to be progressing this US$100 million investment on schedule in Matadi, said ICTSI vice president Hans-Ole Madsen. 
"The works are going well," he said. "and we are confident that we will be able to meet current and future cargo handling requirements for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in both the container and general cargo handling sectors." 
Based on demand, ICTSI also has the option to immediately implement a Phase Two development providing an additional 350 metres of quay line and supporting yard area. 
"We are ready to undertake this" Mr Madsen said. "It is just a matter of timing in line with demand. 
"We are very confident that we can build on the new efficiencies that Phase One will deliver including reduced vessel waiting time and reduced transit times for goods from point of origin to destination." 
The ICTSI DR Congo Terminal is a joint venture company between, ICTSI, the Ledya Group and SCTP SA. 
ICTSI operates 29 terminals in 20 countries and is recognised to be a leading developer, manager and operator of gateway container terminals of different sizes and serving extended hinterlands including cross border.

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