Bolloré Transport & Logistics and CLS Logistics sign a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture in Ethiopia

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 names Seco Power as distributor in West and Central Africa

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 and Saipem will build a gas terminal for BP

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

The Compagnie Minéraliére of Bafin chooses Bolloré Transport & Logistics Ivory Coast

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.

Monpe Ventures uses Faymonville ModulMAX axle lines to transport a 125t suction pile in Ghana

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.

An intelligent transport system for the Rabat-Salé Tramway network in Morocco

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.

Goldhofer partners with ALS Logisitic Solutions for the Middle East and Africa

Faced with a recent increase in demand for internal airport logistics in the Middle East and Africa region, the manufacturer of heavy-duty and special transport vehicles Goldhofer has opened a new sales and service center for its Airport Technology division in collaboration with ALS Logistic Solutions on 11 December 2018 in Dubai.

In addition to its sales and service activities of its Airport Technology division, the new location also provides various services for the Transport Technology division in the region. This new sales and service center will be located in the Jumeirah Lake Towers in Dubai City.

New regional office for Magna Tyres in South Africa

To cope with its rapid growth in South Africa and neighbouring countries, the Dutch group Magna Tyres has announced the opening of a new regional office in South Africa. “The new Magna Tyres office will play an important role in enhancing the Magna Tyres brand image and strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region,” said Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres.

Kalmar delivers 18 forklifts to Algeria’s drilling contractor ENTP

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has recently delivered a total of 18 forklift trucks to the Algerian company Entreprise Nationale des Travaux aux Puits (ENTP). Created in 1981, ENTP is a subsidiary of Sonatrach and the leading drilling contractor in the country with a market share of close to 45 percent.

The Kalmar G-Generation forklifts have a lifting capacity of 14 tons and are ideal for handling heavy, bulky loads such as a section of pipe or pieces of drilling equipment. They are equipped with a variable hydraulic fan that according to the manufacturer keeps the engine and hydraulics cool even in the most extreme operating conditions. Kalmar has also adapted the machines according to the customer’s unique requirements, which included fitting the machines with a spark arrestor system to prevent any sparks from the machine’s engine from accidentally igniting flammable materials in the immediate vicinity.

The forklifts were delivered during the third quarter of 2018 and are deployed at the company’s site in Hasse Messaoud, Ouargla in eastern Algeria.

“We are delighted that ENTP has chosen our next-generation forklifts to support their drilling in Hasse Messaoud. They are the ideal choice for ensuring optimal performance in precisely the kinds of tough desert conditions that ENTP operates in, where extreme temperatures, sand, and dust are a constant challenge. This deal also marks a further step forward in our strategy to focus on new industrial segments, building on the excellent market share we already enjoy in the cargo-handling sector in Algeria,” said Alejandro Martinez, Mobile Equipment Solutions Sales Manager at Kalmar.

New partnership for Sarens in Zambia

Sarens has just signed a new partnership between Sarens South Africa and Shumba, a family-owned company specialising in earthworks and civil engineering works in the Zambian city of Lusaka. Indeed Sarens provides a good prospects for growth of the city including the establishment of a taxi rental depot or the implementation of SHEQ. In the long term, Sarens is planning various projects in the Copperbelt region as well as long-term projects in other provinces.