Port authorities at the Douala sea port have announced that, they have found ways to solve the channel dredging issue which for a long time has been a burden.
The two dredgers are being acquired with the help of the government, a 3000m3 operating suction and a stationery suction dredger.
In addition to the acquisition, the Chantal Biya multi-purpose dredger is being rehabilitated at the industrial Shipyard.
These dredgers are of enormous importance as they will be used to drain out sand from the sea which causes difficulties in ship sailing.
According to the Managing Director of the Douala seaport Cyrus Ngo’o, the institution should control the operations of the port community as well as generate significant profit for the port.
The current platform was built in 1980 and sized to handle an annual traffic of about seven million tons of cargo.
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However, this capacity is far exceeded since it currently handles about twelve million tons of goods.
Cyrus Ngo’o said that since 1980, there has been no major investment to increase ship and cargo handling capacity.
Equally, there has been a significant deterioration in port infrastructures and superstructures including the occupation of some quays by shipwrecks, the siltation of water bodies as well as quay feet and docks.
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