September 16, 2021: On September 1, Benin Terminal, which operates the Port of Cotonou's container terminal, commissioned two empty container handlers built by Konecranes. Following their delivery in mid-August, they were installed and the operators trained.

With a total cost of 300 million CFA Francs (€467,000) financed by Benin Terminal, these two cutting-edge technology machines can reach stacking heights of up to seven standard containers, thus maximising space and increasing the handling capacity.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Benin Terminal is going ahead with its investment programme and continues to work towards modernising the port activities of the Independent Port of Cotonou. These new handlers of 16 tons each will make our handling operations more fluid and improve the quality of services for our shipowners and receivers,” said Yann Magarian, general manager of Benin Terminal.

This new equipment will improve Benin Terminal's productivity, increase delivery rates and reduce the time required to process goods. They will also strengthen the performance of the port of Cotonou, as well as support the country's competitiveness and help boost trade in West Africa.

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