CMA Terminals, a subsidiary of the CMA CGM Group, has signed an agreement with International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) for the acquisiton of 25 percent of the of the Lekki International Container Terminal Services LFTZ Enterprise (LICTSLE) in Lagos.
ICTSI said in a press release sent to SHIPS& PORTS DAILY on Monday that the agreement adds one further major milestone that has been achieved since the signing of the sub-concession for the terminal in 2012.
LICTSLE, CMA Terminals said, will be providing a solution to current congestion for the local market in Nigeria and overall serve as regional transshipment hub in West Africa allowing the countries connected with the hub to grow sustainably.
“With a straight-line quay of 1200m and a yard area of 66 hectares, this modern facility, which is expected to be fully operational in 2017, provides the market with an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEU. This capacity will serve the Nigerian market in the long run and will ease capacity pressure. The terminal is designed to allow for further capacity growth exceeding the initial 2.5 million TEU.
“The advantageous location, 60 km east of metropolitan Lagos, will be combined with a state-of-the-art facilities including 14 Post-Panamax cranes,” ICTSI said in a press release signed by one Carolin-Carmen Neubauer.
CMA CGM Group Executive Officer, Farid Salem, said: “We are very pleased of this cooperation with ICTSI. This major future investment is undoubtedly a great opportunity for the CMA CGM Group, through its dedicated subsidiary CMA Terminals, to further increase its presence in Nigeria, a country in continuous development.”
ICTSI Senior Vice President, Africa Region, Floe said the involvement of the CMA CGM Group shows the interest in West Africa and the confidence there is in the Nigerian market “with the product we provide as we will strive to become supplier of choice in West Africa as the principal transshipment hub giving our customers a sustainable competitive advantage in the market range.”
CMA Terminals, incorporated in 2012, is a fully owned subsidiary of CMA CGM dedicated to investment in container terminals and dry ports. The company has interests in 11 terminals for a yearly throughput of 1.1 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units).