Port of Cotonou launches tenders for new concessions

Tuesday 12 10 2021

In 2021, Port of Antwerp International (PAI) began the second contract term of the partnership with Benin. After strong growth over the past few years and a positive evaluation, the next period begins in the context of implementing the Port Master Plan.

In 2017, PAI concluded a nine-year contract with the government of Benin for the development and support of the port of Cotonou. In May 2021, PAI began the second contract term, after a positive evaluation of the first three-year period. The port of Cotonou has seen strong economic growth and positive development with respect to internal organisation, digitalisation, security and training over the past few years.

Port Master Plan

An elaborate and approved Port Master Plan must lead to improvements in infrastructure in the port. This autumn, preliminary work for the expansion will begin.

In July, the contract was signed for the construction of a new bulk & breakbulk terminal to the east of the current port. This is the first of five projects in the Port Master Plan.

In the coming months, the tenders for the concessions for this new terminal and the second container terminal will be received. There are also tenders for the extension of the docks, updating the quayside, and the new central access to the port in order to improve through-flow in the surrounding area. Other projects under preparation include: the expansion of the logistics zone, the construction of a second petroleum jetty and the renovation of the fishing port.

All of the projects within the Port Master Plan have a delivery term of five years.

Find out more? The full Port Master Plan can be found in this brochure. For any questions, please contact Edouard Jourdain (Port of Antwerp International) or Kristof Van den Branden (Port Autonome de Cotonou).