By Alhaji M Jalloh
The Freetown Terminal on Monday 17th, June 2019, unveiled new equipment to aid the company’s ongoing activities at the Terminal in Freetown. The entity, which is a subsidiary of Bollore-Transport Logistics unveiled an additional new state-of-the-art equipment, which include two terminal tractors (Terbergs), three trailers, one empty container handler, one service truck and one fire truck which summed up to 6.3 Billion Leones.
In his statement while unveiling the new equipment at the Terminal, Bertrand Kerguelen, General Manager of the Company said the new equipment represent the company’s commitment to increase efficiency and maintaining standards at the port. He said Bollore Freetown Terminal brought in the new equipment to boost operations and increase productivity at the Port.
Bertrand further said that the management of Freetown terminal is committed to making the Terminal a key competitor in the Port industry, and that the company is always ready to make their own contribution in making sure that Sierra Leone becomes a better place for all. Investment in the new equipment, he added, shows that the company is open to invest more and make Freetown Terminal an international gateway for business in Africa.
Gassimu Sheku Fofana, head of Public Relations and Communications at the Company explained that prior to the concessioning of the terminal, ships spend weeks at the port, “but with the new equipment and completion of the new berth, productivity and turnaround time reduced drastically where we see ships most of the time taking 48hrs to load and offload at the port.”
“As part of the contract for the extension of the new berth, we enjoyed duty waivers for equipment we brought in back then, but since the completion of the project we no longer enjoy those facilities. These new equipment were fully paid for and cleared as we have always been a respecter of the laws of Sierra Leone by complying with procedures that involves all custom charges for clearing our equipment,” he pointed out.
He said all charges paid for the clearing of the equipment generated a huge sum for the Government of Sierra Leone totaling 1.2 Billion Leones”.