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Cameroon’s Prime Minister visits installations, commissions five nautical vessels of the Douala Port Authority

The banks of the river Wouri hosted Tuesday October 13,  the inauguration and launching of 06 new stars, acquired by the autonomous port of Douala, in the presence of the Prime Minister Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute, the Minister of State of Justice Keeper of the Seals Laurent Esso, Ministers of Transport Ngalle Bibehe Massena, Water and Energy Gaston Eloundou Essomba, Minister of Urban Development and Housing Célestine Ketcha Courtes and several other personalities and guests.

Prime Minister Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute on a 48-hour working visit to the city of Douala, before the inauguration ceremony began an enlightened but inquisitive visit of the many projects and achievements undertaken by the Top management of the Port Autonome de Douala , under the enlightened leadership of its Managing Director, Mr. Cyrus Ngo’o.

From the first stage to the place called Essengue-Mira, where he was able to appreciate the construction of several roads made on the basis of Israeli technology, making it possible to reduce costs and guarantee at least 25 years of life for the structures, and where he became aware of the problem of freeing the port space still occupied by several people over approximately 300 hectares out of the 1000 hectares representing the PAD port space.

He then became aware of the many weighbridges (30) already operational throughout the port space and allowing to know the total weight of the goods of the carriers leaving the Port, in order to avoid cheating and untimely controls on the roads. The heading was put at the control of the container terminal (RTC) where the Prime Minister took note of this space and of the work in progress to upgrade infrastructure in very poor condition at the start of the management, in particular: roads, extension of storage docks. osages of about 250m, the rehabilitation and construction of stores… Etc.

Then he visited the oil station technically called the Duc D’alle, completely rebuilt and allowing the loading or unloading of fuel, oil and gas, built on an area of ​​300m2 and equipped with the latest generation technologies in the matter. Passing through the Sandaga-Yara road entirely rehabilitated by the PAD, he headed for the operations and security surveillance center of the Autonomous Port of Douala, where he learned about the vast construction site that allowed the construction of security barriers on all the port space guaranteeing reliability, credibility, safety and security … and the implementation of a video surveillance system of 500 cameras present in all the nooks and crannies of the PAD, and an automated and biometric access. go to the solemn ceremony of inauguration and launching of the boats of the Autonomous Port of Douala-Bonaberi.

Returning to the context that marked the establishment of this Standardization and Innovation plan for the Autonomous Port of Douala, and therefore the culmination is the acquisition of these shuttles flying the Cameroonian flag, the Director General of the Autonomous Port of Douala, in his remarks presenting the achievements of the Standardization and Innovation plan, as well as the stars acquired, said his pride and determination to continue the works started and to make Cameroonians proud of their port: ‘support for the “Menchum Falls” markup; the falconer boat “

Lake Barombi Mbo “helping us to carry out our environmental plan, in particular the fight against marine pollution and the water hyacinth; the Beacon boat “The Dika Mpondo Akwa” which is the main equipment of the signaling maintenance plan of the signaling system, responsible for handling the buoys in quay and at sea, their transport and their geo-satellite position; the Beaver 50 ″ Vigilance ”dredge also called stationary suction dredger, a hydraulic dredge whose role consists in breaking up the subaquatic sediments that it fluidizes by a high pressure water injection system, then sucks the water mixture from using a giant pump, the Delta multicraft “patriot” in charge of assistance with the dredge “vigilance” during dredging operations.

“Mandaras Mountains” whose role is to break up the soil to be dredged and which has a power never equal in terms of dredging, it is the 1st in the world. All these acquisitions will allow us to make a reduction of nearly 100 billion of FCFA over 15 years, instead of losing 150 billion over the same period as has been the case for the past 15 years.We invite investors and economic operators to follow us in our vast plan to modernize and develop the Port on the islands of Manoka and Cap Cameroon, which will guarantee the sustainability and leadership of the Autonomous Port of Douala-Bonaberi on the Gulf of Guinea by 2050, for a traffic of nearly 200,000 million tons. >>

The Sawa Traditional Chiefs of Douala carried out the traditional ritual of blessing the boats and the Prime Minister Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute Personal Representative of the Head of State Paul Biya proceeded to the inauguration and the filling of these 06 shuttles.

He will express all his pride and the determination of the Head of State in the modernization and economic development of Cameroon: << You have observed with us the changes and innovations at the autonomous port of Douala-Bonaberi, we are committed alongside the Head of State to continue these works of development and to substantially and continuously improve the level of infrastructure in the country and Cameroonians, I encourage the Top management of the Autonomous Port of Douala, and all employees to stay the course in order to arrive safely… >>.

We noted the presence of the traditional chiefs of the villages of Menchum, Barombi, Mandara Mountains alongside several Sawa dignitaries under the leadership of the incumbent President of Ngondo His Majesty Jean-Yves Eboumbou Manga Bell.

As a reminder, the Autonomous Port of Douala-Bonaberi is a river port and the dredging of its channel constitutes its main handicap, especially since it requires very large sums annually (nearly 12 billion in 2018). to respond more effectively and sustainably to this problem, it was decided to internalize this activity and that of the management for the container terminal, in order to better capitalize on resources. PAD dredges are already bailing out the coffers with contracts from real estate developers.