(Business in Cameroon) - This day June 4, 2018, Douala Autonomous Port will launch the removal of shipwrecks within the port. According to official sources, this is the first removal operation realized since 30 years in the port which used to handle 95% of the goods for transit before Kribi deepwater port was commissioned.
For the works which will last 8 months, the port contracted the Italian company Bonifacio SRL. This contract estimated at CFA4.7 billion is the fourth secured by Bonifacio SRL at the international level. According to sources close to the case, the funds will be lent by Commercial Bank of Cameroon (CBC) which will pay the company in nine successive installments.
Cyrus Ngo’o, director of the port, reveals that this first removal of 25 shipwrecks is a significant indication of the new dynamics being implemented. Above all, it is an important step for the plan to fluidify the activities inside the port which is now clogged.
Indeed, built to handle 7 million tons of goods, it has been handling 10 million tons per year on average. Apart from being overexploited, there are also shipwrecks. These shipwrecks are dangerous for operations because they could cause accidents. They also clog the channel thus increasing the operating costs since the dredging operations should be conducted regularly.
These shipwrecks are also dangerous for the environment since they could pour oil spills into the water.
Apart from the operating costs generated by the dredging operations, there are also losses engendered since entire parts of the waters, quays, and docks are not used. For instance, for the quay of the national marines not being exploited, the port loses CFA1.2 billion annually.
Brice R. Mbodiam