Éric Kalala Nsantu has officially taken up his function as new Chief Executive Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a solid experience in mining logistics and financial management, Éric Kalala Nsantu holds a Master’s degree in International Management from HEC Paris and a General Management Program from Harvard Business School. He joined the company in 2003 to fill various financial and operational positions, including the Katanga region until recently.
In collaboration with Bolloré Logistics France, Antonov Airlines has flown aid and personnel from Chalons Vatry Airport (XCR) in France to Beira (BEW) in Mozambique to assist with humanitarian efforts in the region in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. The cargo included malaria treatments, five water purification stations, and over a thousand tents and shelters.
In addition to this 65-tonne load of relief supplies, the Antonov Airlines AN-124-100 aircraft also carried logistics staff from aid organisations to support disaster relief initiatives in the region.
“Speed and efficiency are key when flying aid to a disaster area, and after the aircraft arrived in Vatry, loading took five hours to complete. We were ready for take-off by the time we received the final over-flight permits, working closely in cooperation with our partner, Bolloré Logistics Nord-Sud,” said Paul Bingley, Commercial Manager, Antonov Airlines.
“Antonov Airlines had the hold capacity and flexibility we needed to bring life-saving supplies and assistance to Mozambique in the shortest possible timeframe. The Bolloré Logistics office in Beira, which was at the epicentre of the disaster, provided support staff to facilitate the unloading of the cargo, and having all the necessary expertise, provided handling, administration and the final delivery,” said Karine Dantier, Charter Director, Bolloré Logistics.
The international logistics company Marine Maroc has used its new Enerpac SL400 gantry to install high pressure heaters (HP heaters) of 130 t at the site of the Safi coal-fired power plant in Southwest Morocco. Marine Maroc was in charge of transporting the heaters from the port of Safi to the plant. Upon arrival at the plant, the Enerpac SL400 telescopic hydraulic gantry was deployed for the first time in order to lift them from hydraulic modular trailers.
Equipped with three stage lifting cylinders, the SL400 lifts up to 9.14 metres at the top of the third stage and can handle up to 408 ton at the top of the first stage. For Marine Maroc, the gantry is equipped with powered side shift units for ease of manoeuvring loads. In addition, the SL400 also features an Intelli-Lift wireless control system.
For Mohammed Belaidi, Technical Department at Marine Maroc: “The SL400 is an outstanding addition to our heavy lifting capability for many power plant projects where the gantry can be readily deployed both outside and inside the plant when space is limited.”
The first day of the Bauma exhibition was successful for Terex Cranes. The Algerian distributor ETS SIAD Automobiles (SIAD Group) has ordered six Terex RT 45 and three RT 45L rough terrain cranes. These two models, which have a lifting capacity of 45 t, are distinguished by the length of their main jibs. The Terex RT 45 model is equipped with a 31.1 m main boom and the RT 45L model has a 37.40 m main boom.
Photo from left to right: Tayeb Siad (Managing Director, Groupe SIAD), Steve Filipov (President – Terex Cranes), Mohammed Siad (President – Groupe SIAD), Mahmoud Siad (President – GSB France), and Daniel Patalacci (General Manager South Europe – Terex Cranes)
The agreement was signed on March 13 in Addis Ababa in the presence of the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean Yves Le Drian. The two companies aim to offer their customers dedicated services in accordance with the best international standards. They also pursue the ambition to improve the supply chain of various strategic sectors of the country such as textiles, coffee and various industrial projects and infrastructures.
15M € will be invested in the construction of a new secure and modern logistics hub. This project includes the erection of 12 000 m2 multi-activity warehouses on a space of 5 hectares.
Perkins Engines Company Limited has appointed Seco Power as an authorised Perkins distributor for 21 countries in West and Central Africa. With regional headquarters in Mauritius, Seco Power, part of the Secodi group, will provide sales, parts and service support to Perkins customers. In addition, regional offices in the Ivory Coast, Senegal and Camerroon are also previewed for completion.
Seco Power has already named Bruno Chappuis as Regional Manager for the African market with responsibilities for the following countries: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Niger, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Benin, Togo, Morocco, Gabon, Liberia, Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Burundi, Central African Republic.
Yannick Billy, CEO of Secodi commented: “This is a natural growth path for Secodi as we have been supporting our French and Turkish customers acting in Africa for a few years now. Since the creation of Secodi, product support and a local presence have been our main drivers to meet customers’ needs and expectations.”
Eiffage Génie Civil Marine, pilot of a consortium with Saipem, has been appointed by BP to perform the EPCI (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation) contract for the Hub/Terminal of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyin Field. This important project, valued at € 350m, consists of the construction of a marine infrastructure, protected by an offshore breakwater. It will be used to host a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) and docking LNG carriers. The subsea infrastructure will be connected via production pipelines to a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel. From there, liquids are removed and the export gas is transported via pipeline to the floating liquid natural gas (FLNG) hub terminal where the gas is liquefied.
The breakwater will consist of 21 concrete caissons weighing 16,500 tons each built by Eiffage in Dakar, Senegal. They will be based on 2.5 million tons of quarry extracted in Mauritania.
Photo: copyright Eiffage
Bolloré Transport & Logistics Ivory Coast has been chosen by Compagnie Minéralière of Bafin (CMB) to handle the loading of nickel from the Foungbesso mine at the port of San Pedro.
Since October 1, 2018, eight vessels have been loaded with about 41,500 t of nickel for export, at a rate of 8,000 t per day. These operations are carried out by Bolloré Transport & Logistics teams using two tugs and four barges.
The Ghanaian heavy transport specialist Monpe Ventures has recently transported a 125t suction pile over a distance of 3 km using ModulMAX axle lines from Faymonville. The major challenges of this project were the weight and the dimensions as well as the request to move the 16 m high suction pile in a vertical position. To build the ideal transport configuration, 16 modular axle lines from Faymonville were assembled side-by-side in a 4-file configuration, a solution that was defined together with the constructor. “Their engineers came up with this solution. At first, the tipping limits were barely acceptable, so we added 44t counterweights, which reduced the height of the center of gravity a lot and thereby extremely improved these values,” said Peter Everett from Monpe Ventures. The piece was fabricated by Belmet 7 inside Takoradi Port. Monpe Ventures transported it from their yard to the quayside from where it was loaded on a vessel to be dropped on the sea bed to be used as an anchor for the FPSO (oil platform) in the Ghana’s oil and gas fields.
This system, named Navineo, was developed by Engie Ineo (part of the French Engie Group). Designed to offer a better experience for travelers, Navineo will transmit the real-time location, on-time performance and punctuality of the 66 light rail vehicles to the Control Center (including the extension) to facilitate the real-time monitoring of the rail fleet. An automated passenger counting system will also be implemented to better adapt the transport offer to the uses revealed by more than 51 million trips made by citizens of the Rabat Salé agglomeration each year.
This system will be in place for 2020.