Lomé now hosts West Africa’s leading container port, snatching the position from Lagos, Nigeria. This was revealed by Netherlands firm Dynamar which provides intelligence and consultancy on maritime sector.
Spurred by many modernisaion reforms, the Port of Lomé (PAL) has rapidly expanded indeed. From 311,500 Twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers in 2013, the number of containers transiting by the port has almost tripled reaching 1,193,800 TEU in 2017, while at other ports in the region, it barely rose.
According to Dynamar, the surge is due to the commissioning of the Lomé Container terminal (LCT) which handles containers shipped through the port of Lomé. LCT actually handles nearly 890,000 TEU yearly, that is about 75% of containers that transit via the PAL, Dynamar indicates.
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