Bollore Starts Operation in Newly Expanded Queen Elizabeth II Quay Port

Ariel view of the expanded terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II Water Quay in Freetown Ariel view of the expanded terminal at the Queen Elizabeth II Water Quay in Freetown

Bollore Transport and Logistics, a renowned port handler in France with branches across the globe, has fully completed works on the 270 meter container terminal extension at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.

The Freetown Container Terminal extension works commenced marginally over two years ago, with funds from Bollore Ports, a sub-division of Bollore Transport and Logistics and has been fully completed before September 2018 (which was the targeted date).

Speaking to journalists on Thursday 30th August 2018, at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay, the Country Manager of Bollore Transport and Logistics, Fabjanko Kokan said the $120 million (one hundred and twenty million dollars) investment is in line with government’s development aspirations to transform the Queen Elizabeth II Quay into a large state-of the art transhipment hub in West Africa. He said the project will create job opportunities, raise the port’s level of income and revenue generation, and that the project has installed cranes, erected a new 27m berth, two ship terminal shores, improve port service delivery capacity to accommodate over six thousand container vessels, host deep sea ships, and above all tap into the potentials for sustainable economic growth of Sierra Leone.

Fabjanko Kokan further delved into the tremendous support he enjoyed from the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL), the Sierra Leone Port Authority (SLPA) and the National Commission for Privatization (NCP). He expressed fullest joy to meet with the stakeholders so that they can see the work done at the quay.

Speaking on behalf of government, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Sadiq Sillah said government is satisfied that the expansion is not only going to attract bigger ships coming to Sierra Leone, but that it will reduce the price for shipping to Sierra Leone. He said, government came with a New Direction programme, thus he is calling on everybody to follow the right direction through giving support to foreign investment.

Therefore, Minister Sillah implored Bollore Transport and Logistics to improve on its standards, so that Sierra Leone will continue to matchup to international standards. He said: “We wish Bollore will continue to work within the best international practice,” adding that “every company that has genuine intention to invest in Sierra Leone will enjoy the fullest support of the government.”

Other speakers at the exhibition of the constructed expansion were Kenneth Jones, Harbor Master; and the Operations manager, Mr Abubakarr Sesay who confirmed that the first ship to anchor at the newly expanded harbor is JPO Aries with 587 containers.

Official opening of the expanded port will be done by His Excellency President Maada Bio, and it will take place later this year.

Last modified on Friday, 31/08/2018

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