Lomé: the first container terminal of Africa

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The Autonomous Port of Lomé in Togo made a major investment in order to be able to receive ultra-large container ships.


Thanks to the intensive development efforts of the port of Lomé, the port became the first container terminal in Africa. Since some years, huge modernization and extension of the infrastructures took place. Today, Lomé is the only port to enjoy deep waters in the region.


The project required 80,000 m³ of cut and fill earthworks, the construction of 169,000 m² of heavy-duty port roadways, four kilometres of storm drains and dedicated treatment plants and 7,400 metres of water pipes. It also concerned access control facilities, utility and security buildings, as well as a washing station.
Since a few years, the shipping company MSC manages the new container terminal, having a length of 300 metres, which can welcome big tonne vessels. These developments drastically increased the exchanges between Togo, the Middle East and China.  All these investments allow the Lomé port to be one of the most modern of the world and to be a transit port for various sub-region destinations such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, which activities represent around 20% of the volume undertaken by the port.


The port of Lomé is also fitted with a third pier now, 450 m in length, with a draft capacity of 15 metres.

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