Lomé’s port still on Lloyd's list of top 100 busiest ports in the world

Thursday, 10 November 2022 08:13
Lomé’s port still on Lloyd's list of top 100 busiest ports in the world

(Togo First) - The port of Lomé remains one of the top 100 container ports in the world, according to Lloyd’s List of the top busiest ports - which the country joined only two years ago.

"The Togolese container transport platform remains in the top 100 with a new year of double-digit growth. The Togolese port of Lomé cemented its place in the list of 100 ports after recording excellent performance in 2021," the report notes.

The port of Lomé ranked 96th, thus gaining two places compared to last year. It processed 1.9 million TEU over the period concerned, or 13.7% more than in 2020. Regarding container lifts, it recorded double-digit growth, for the second consecutive year. 

Development projects

The report mentioned ongoing projects aimed at doubling the capacity of Lomé’s port over the next decade. Mainly, MSC is leading in this area, according to the document which indicates: "Plans through the end of the decade require committing up to €500 million ($530 million), which will nearly double its current capacity to about 4 million TEUs. So far in 2022, LCT has made significant progress in upgrading its handling equipment fleet, acquiring two mobile cranes and 10 container trucks to increase its capacity."

Top busiest ports in Africa 

In Africa, Morroco’s Tanger Med port ranked 24th on Lloyd’s List (against 25th last year). With 7.17 million TEUs handled (against 5.77 million TEUs in 2021), the port is the busiest port on the continent at the moment. Right behind it is Egypt’s Said port (43rd over 100 worldwide), with 4.76 million TEUs handled over the period reviewed (against 4 million TEUs last year). 

Meanwhile, the port of Alexandria exited the ranking. Last year, it was 99th with 1.8 million TEUs handled. Also, this year, the port of Durban dropped from 72nd to 81st, as its container traffic slumped from 2.59 million TEUs to 2.43 million TEUs (-6.4%) from one year to another.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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