Puteaux. 14 June 2022
In May, Côte d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT) took delivery of 14 APM 75T HE electric tractors, ordered from the manufacturer Gaussin and for use at the second container terminal at the Port of Abidjan. This initial delivery follows a historic order for 36 100% electric tractors that was placed in April 2021 for a total of 6.5 billion CFA francs (€9.9 million). The remaining 22 tractors will be delivered in a few weeks’ time, ready to be put into service in November.
The APM75T HE tractor is the result of creating a synergy between Gaussin’s expertise in the production of handling vehicles, Blue Solutions, a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group, in the production of electric batteries, and Bolloré Ports in port logistics. This 100% electric model will enable significant energy savings and will contribute to carbon-free port logistics, as well as reducing maintenance costs while increasing productivity, safety and driving comfort.
The acquisition of these new tractors is in line with the Green Terminal labelling process launched by Bolloré Ports in June 2021 with the aim of gradually decarbonising the transport of containers and wheeled vehicles in its port terminals. This approach covers all environmental concerns and is based on a comprehensive methodology built on eight fundamental pillars. The entire process – from defining the project to auditing – has been validated by Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leading companies in testing, inspection and certification.
Olivier de Noray
Terminals Managing Director of Bolloré Ports.
The implementation of the Green Terminal labelling process continues in our network with the introduction of a full fleet of electric tractors developed in synergy with Blue Solutions and Gaussin. This equipment will provide us with a modern, efficient infrastructure in line with our environmental commitments,
Koen de Backker
Managing Director of Côte d’Ivoire Terminal.
Combined with our actions to preserve biodiversity, this electric equipment will enable us to ensure the optimal operation of the new container terminal, and to manage our carbon footprint to the best of our ability. Protecting the environment is a priority for everyone involved in this project, and we are proud to be able to participate in it alongside the Port of Abidjan,
About Côte d’Ivoire Terminal
Following an international call for tenders, the Bolloré Ports and APM Terminals consortium was awarded the contract to build and manage the second container terminal at the Port of Abidjan. Thanks to an investment of more than 262 billion CFA francs, construction work on the future Côte d’Ivoire Terminal will be completed at the end of 2022. With an area of 37.5 hectares, this new container terminal will be equipped to handle more than 1.5 million TEU containers per year and will accommodate vessels with draughts of up to 16 metres along its 1,100 metres of quays. It will generate 450 direct jobs, and thousands of indirect jobs. It will contribute to skills development and to training for Ivorian young people in port operations and handling next-generation equipment.