The Ivory Coast’s primary port of Abidjan is one of the busiest container ports in West Africa, serving as a key transhipment hub for the region. APM Terminals holds the minority share of the Societe Exploitation Terminal de Vridi (SETV), which operates Abidjan Terminal as a joint venture with Bolloré Africa Logistics, the majority shareholder. The Abidjan Terminal concession agreement was signed in October of 2003, with APM Terminals joining in July 2005. Abidjan is the primary gateway to Ivory Coast for containers and major transit point for land-locked countries such as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso with excellent roadway connections. Container throughput at Vridi Container Terminal in Abidjan in 2012 was 637,000 TEUs.
An $80 million terminal expansion project undertaken by the Bolloré Group has added 320 meters of berth, bringing the total to 740 meters, with four new STS cranes on order. The expansion, scheduled for completion in 2015, will increase annual container throughput capacity to 1.5 million TEUs.