The development of the Multi-Purpose Terminal should be considered through strengthening and improving on the current timber traffic and equally by diversifying export and import activities.
The Multi-purpose Terminal has a major place in the general development strategy of the Port of Kribi. It is undeniable that its development is the mainstay of the visibility of our Port. The negotiation process is a sensitive and significant step of the tendering process. The said negotiations are to take place from 24 to 26 July 2019 in Kribi, between the members of the ad hoc committee in charge of implementing the consultation procedure for the concession of the Multi-purpose Terminal and the provisional successful bidder ICTSI. The meeting will provide the opportunity to validate the contract, review a few terms such as the effective beginning of activities, the recruitment policy among others.
After the first call for tenders which saw the withdrawal of the successful bidder, the Government gave instructions for a temporary subcontracting of the management of the facility.
The operations at the Multi-purpose Terminal focused till date on On-Board/Onshore stevedoring activities under the management of the sub-contractor for all vessels stopping on its quays, with therefore 36 ship calls in one year of operation.
The 36 ship calls comprised of 35 export vessels which loaded 300,000 m3 of timber. Only 1 ship call carried 10,000 T of pipes and accessories. Though this performance brought satisfaction to timber exporters especially, there is still a lag as concerns the objectives pertaining to traffic diversification.
The development of the Multi-purpose Terminal should be considered through strengthening and improving on the current timber traffic and equally by diversifying export and import activities.
The solution for the development of the facility requires a concession to partners with solid financial capacity and whose vision will be in line with the development blueprint of the Port of Kribi, especially attracting growth sectors and providing support to cargo projects.
During the first year of operations, average loading was 8,646.66 cubic metres per ship calls and handling rates stood at 1,085.47 cubic metres. Results have been achieved despite the late provision of equipment, their effective functioning and the challenges with wood lots managers for the transfer of logs.