Nigeria: Bolloré Ports aims for Lagos quay rebuilding agreement before elections

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Friday, 17 June 2022 12:12

Apapa port in Lagos. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja
Apapa port in Lagos. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Bolloré Ports is aiming to reach agreement for a quay rebuilding programme at ports in Lagos before elections in 2023, Stanislas de Saint Louvent, deputy CEO of Bolloré Ports, tells The Africa Report at The Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan.

Quays at Lagos’s ports are currently unable to support large cranes, meaning only small mobile ones can be used. That extends the waiting times of ships, which currently stand at 20 days or more, and slows the movement of goods.

Bolloré is proposing to rebuild the quay at Tincan in Lagos, but that project needs to be part of an coordinated rebuilding programme, de Saint Louvent says. “It can’t be just us. It has to be the whole port ecosystem.” Greater fluidity of goods through the city’s ports would be the benefit of an integrated approach, he adds.