Bolloré Logistics ships and delivers two tamping machines for the Eiffage Group in Senegal

On the regional express train (TER) project linking Dakar to Blaise Diagne International Airport in Diass (50km), the Eiffage Group entrusted Bolloré Logistics with the shipment and delivery of two tampers (railway machines used to position the tracks).

Both machines, which are 19 meters long, 3 meters wide, 4 meters tall and weight 75 and 64 tons respectively, were unloaded by the teams from the Dakar Terminal company in early January 2018.

Then, Bolloré Logistics used two 200 t cranes to transfer these tamping machines from the MAFI trailers at the port to the tank transporters provided to transport the machines. A special convoy, composed of a 120-ton tank transporter, a six-wheel heavy load tractor and a hydraulic trailer, was set up to make the delivery within two days.

The delivery took place at two sites, the Dakar train station and the town of Bargny, located 30 km from Dakar. Through close collaboration with the handling teams of the Dakar Terminal and members of the project follow-up committee and thanks to the support of the Eiffage Rails teams, who have put in place specific devices to facilitate the accessibility of transport and lifting equipment, the operations could be conducted with full success.

First roro service in Africa for MSC and Haropa

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), specialized in international sea transport of containers, created a new roro service linking Haropa to Western Africa. This group made, with the company gathering Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports, the official inauguration of this new activity in Le Havre by the introduction of the MSC Immacolata. This roro ship, with a 6700 vehicles capacity, is 199m long and 32m width. With the MSC Cristina, ship with the same sizes, they will do bimonthly trips and will stop at Anvers, Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan ports, before heading back to Le Havre. The African continent is well known by MSC, since the group is already settled in more than 40 countries. For its part, Haropa continues on its path about the roro sector, because in 2017 they had experienced a growth rate of 18% in this branch.

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