On January 17, the Terminal Industriel Polyvalent de San Pedro (TIPSP) successfully took delivery of its first post-Panamax vessel for the export of 82,000 tonnes of nickel ore. This operation, marked by the vessel's complete loading in just 2.5 days, with a daily loading rate of 38,000 tonnes, testifies to the terminal's operational capacity.
The post-Panamax-class vessel was chartered by Compagnie minière du Bafing (CMB) and Arrow Metals et Trading (AMT), major players in the Ivorian mining industry. The chartering was handled by the shipping company Marris, reinforcing the strategic partnerships between the players in the supply chain.
The efficiency of this operation stems from TIPSP's ability to handle large vessels, highlighting its expertise in managing large cargoes.
San Pedro's port authorities also played a key role in providing the necessary pilotage and towing services to facilitate timely docking and unloading of the vessel, thus ensuring rapid turnaround of cargo.
As part of its future development, TIPSP announces the planning of phase 2 of its expansion. This new phase involves the construction of a second 250-meter quay, with a 14-meter draught, to accommodate larger vessels.
At the same time, new multi-purpose warehouses will be built to meet the growing demand for storage of a variety of goods, such as lithium ore, fertilizers and clinker. TIPSP is thus consolidating its position as a major player in the West African port sector. This expansion will strengthen the terminal's operational capacities.
This milestone demonstrates TIPSP's crucial role in regional economic development and its determination to support the growth of maritime trade by providing state-of-the-art facilities.
The terminal will continue to play a vital role in regional connectivity and the promotion of international trade, positioning San Pedro as a strategic logistics hub in West Africa.