The proposed container terminal at Lekki port is to be operated by CMA CGM as the agreement signed between Lekki Port and CMA CGM specified.
However, under the new agreement it signed with CMA CGM, the French carrier’s subsidiary, CMA Terminals will be responsible for marketing, operations and maintenance of the container terminal at the Lekki deep seaport, which will have two container berths once completed in 2020.
The company said that the latest move is fully in line with CMA CGM Group’s development in the region.
The container terminal will allow the group to develop its presence into West Africa’s first consumer market and will serve as a transshipment hub, especially to neighboring countries like Togo and Benin.
Upon completion, the container terminal will be equipped with a 1,200-meter-long quay as well as 13 quay cranes and will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs. With its 16-meter depth, it will allow the group to deploy ships with a capacity of up to 14,000 TEUs.
“As Nigeria’s first deep sea port, Lekki Port represents a strategic choice for the CMA CGM Group. Thanks to its position and capacity, Lekki Port will allow us to bring to Nigeria larger container ships from Europe and Asia to better serve our customers and pursue our commitment to the development of the entire region,” Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, Farid T. Salem, said in a statement on Monday.