June 19, 2019
Ballore Freetown Terminal on Monday 17th June 2019 unveiled new equipment to aid the company’s ongoing activities at the Terminal in Freetown.
Freetown Terminal which is a subsidiary of Bollore-Transport Logistics unveiled an additional new state of the arts equipment which include two terminal tractors (Terbergs), three trailers, one empty container handle, 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 mentioned that the coming of the new equipment was as a result of the company’s commitment to increase efficiency and maintain standards at the port.
He said Bollore Freetown Terminal brought in those new equipment to boost operations and increase productivity at the port.
Bertrand further stated that the management of Freetown terminal is committed to making the facility a key competitor in the port industry, and that the company is always ready to give their own contribution in making sure that Sierra Leone be a better place for all.
He added that the investment in those new equipment showed that the company was opened 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 spent 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