April 29, 2021: Bénin Terminal signed a partnership agreement in Cotonou on April 1 with the Beninese start-up Green Keeper Africa. The aim is to roll out GKSORB, the first industrial absorbent produced in Africa using hyacinth water, at its facilities at the Port of Cotonou.

“We are happy to work with a Beninese company and local partners, which use national resources with no impact on the country’s ecosystem. This boosts the efficiency of our processes and contains pollution at our facilities to preserve the environment,” said Yann Magarian, managing director of Bénin Terminal.

A specialist in innovative and natural pollution-control solutions, Green Keeper Africa has committed to supplying Bénin Terminal over the next two years with 100 percent organic absorbents to effectively control and manage accidental liquid leaks at the container terminal.

“This partnership with a major logistics operator stands as recognition for young people in Benin. We are proud to work towards a greener Africa by devising adapted solutions aimed at reducing the impact of industrial pollution,” said Fohla Mouftaou and David Gnonlonfoun, founders of the Green Keeper Africa start-up.

As part of the partnership, Green Keeper Africa will train Bénin Terminal employees on eco-responsible practices. The start-up will also assess the roll-out of the absorbent, recover the oil collected with a view to treatment, and issue recommendations for safeguarding biodiversity at Bénin Terminal.

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