April 22, 2020: Conakry Terminal, a subsidiary of Bollore Ports, took delivery of four rubber tyred gantries (RTG). The new investment will enable the Guinean supply chain to increase the productivity of the terminal with a view to bolstering the country's competitiveness and boosting trade.

Built by Konecranes, the four gantry cranes were designed specifically for handling containers at port terminals. With a lifting capacity of 40 tonnes each, the ultra-modern gantries will improve container storage capacity at the terminal, increase the pace of deliveries and reduce handling times for goods at Conakry Terminal.

"Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Conakry Terminal is pursuing its programme of investments and continues to modernise its port activities at the Autonomous Port of Conakry. It is with considerable satisfaction that we are implementing the contractual commitments of Conakry Terminal. We now have eight gantry cranes. The new equipment will make our stevedoring operations even more seamless and improve service quality for our shipping company and consignee customers," said Traore Tahirou Barry, CEO of Conakry Terminal.

Financed by Conakry Terminal to the tune of 70.5 billion Guinean francs (€6.8 million), the new equipment supplements the four yard gantries of the same type received in 2018. To put them into service in the coming weeks, the company has carried out civil engineering works estimated at 52 billion Guinean francs (€5 million) and also recruited 40 young Guineans. Despite the difficult economic environment stemming from Covid-19, these investments reflect the commitments made by Conakry Terminal as part of the concession agreement signed with the Autonomous Port of Conakry.

Conakry Terminal, which employs around 500 Guinean nationals, is thus contributing to the fluidity of the supply chain in Guinea and the countries in the sub-region.

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