Expanding operations at the West African Ivory Coast port to meet rising demand for safe and efficient exports
In West Africa, frozen tuna exports are on track to exceed 150,000 tons by 2023. While the growth in exports is positive for the region and fishing industry, congestion at the port has resulted in increased loading and handling times and raised important concerns around maintaining the quality and integrity of the exports.
The CEVA Logistics team in Ivory Coast has long been established in fish loading. To help meet growing export needs and alleviate concerns around product quality, CEVA has expanded its operations at the port with the acquisition of two fish loaders
New fish loaders improve efficiency
Operated by specially trained CEVA personnel, the fish loaders were imported from Spain, assembled at the docks by technicians and wheeled into position, replacing rented equipment that was not solely dedicated to CEVA. Within two days of setup, the new fish loaders had filled more than 10 40-foot reefer containers with minimal handling, while protecting the delicate cargo against degrading natural elements such as sun, heat and humidity.
Directly owning the new loaders allows CEVA to deliver increased reliability and performance in fish loading, avoiding costly downtime. The net result is that exports destined for key markets, such as Spain and Ecuador, can be delivered with the highest quality standards. Customers, such as Grupo Albacora, are already benefitting from the improved efficiency and quality offered by the new equipment.
Hakim Hadji, managing director for West and Northern Africa, CEVA Logistics on our commitment to delivering responsive logistics: ‘‘At the port of Abidjan, this commitment led us to invest in these new fish loaders that enable us to be more efficient and control the entire loading process for our customers. At the same time, we are able to support the port’s ability to welcome a greater number of trawlers through reduced turnaround times. The loaders are now fully operational and delivering improved throughput results on a daily basis.”
new fish loaders
reefers for stuffing and handling