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PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited LCA which only contains information  referenced in other LCAs. 


Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database information on Togo Ports

Port Overview

Lomé is the main port for the trade of goods. It was established by the Germans in the early 1900s. From the wooden wharf to the current modern facilities, this port has been the centre of major changes. Today, it is one of the deepest–water ports in the whole West African region, handling over 80% of the international trade of Togo. Lomé is also an important transit point for landlocked countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso.

The Port of Lomé lies in the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic coast), in the extreme southwestern corner of the country. Its modernization started in the 1960s. The deepwater harbor was completed/inaugurated in 1968. It was initially planned for a 400,000-ton annual traffic, but currently handles a traffic estimated over 6 millions tons.
The increased capacity of the Port of Lomé has facilitated the shipping of phosphates and other major export products, such as cocoa, coffee, copra, cotton, and palm products. It has also positioned Lomé as one of the main port for the international trade of neighboring landlocked countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso.

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Togo

Province or District

Maritime

Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Lomé

km: n/a

Port's Complete Name

Port of Lome

Latitude

6.133333

Longitude

1.283333

Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Port Autonome de Lomé

Management Contact Person

n/a

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

For information on Togo Port of Lome contact details, please see the following links: 

4.2.1 Togo Port Contact List

Togo Port of Lome Liste Consignataires

Port Performance

The traffic of goods within the port of Lomé has constantly increased over the period comprised between 2003 and 2007, with the exception of 2004, when the traffic slightly decreased. From over 4.5 millions tons in 2003, the traffic was estimated over 6 millions tons in 2007, which represents an increase of 35%. In 2008, the traffic reached another peak of 7.2 millions tons of goods.
The theoretically capacity of the port of Lomé can be moderately estimated around 10 millions tons per year.
The main type of vessels calling the port of Lomé are:

  • Ro-Ro ships (around 150 a year)
  • Containers’ carriers (more than 100 units a year)
  • General Cargos (90 vessels a year)
  • Trawlers (70 a year)
  • Oil tankers (50 a year)
  • Refrigerated ships (around 30 a year)
  • Ore tankers (20 vessels in average)
  • Cereal carriers (5 a year)

The traffic of goods at Lomé Port was estimated over 7 millions tons in 2008. The graph below shows the traffic trend for the period between 2003 and 2007. In 2007, the traffic of containers was estimated at some 2,825,071 tons of goods, which represented about 46% of the total traffic of the Port. The percentage of other categories of goods was:

  • Dry bulk : 1,446,002 tons, which represented 23% of the total traffic
  • Liquid bulk: 1,124,903 tons, which represented 18% of the total traffic
  • Conventional cargo: 787,795 tons, which represented 13% of the total traffic

The traffic of containers is constantly increased at the port of Lomé. In 2007, it was estimated to some 237,891 TEUs as shown with the graph below.

Togo Port of Lome goods traffic

Togo Port of Lome containers traffic

Handling Figures

Year 2008

Total Handling Capacity

20,833 (Container TEUs/month)

250,000 (Annual Capacity Estimte)

Monthly Activity

214,242 (Bulk MT/Bulk)

19,824 (Container TEUs/month)

65,650 (General Cargo MT/month)

Current Monthly Use by WFP 880 (Container TEUs/month)

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Discharges Rates

(MT/Day)

Bulk Bagged
to warehouse Not available 1,200
to trucks 3,000 As bulk, by grabs and hoppers 1,200
to rail-wagons Not applicable Not applicable
to barges Not applicable Not applicable
to bagging 600 MT per bagging machine and per day Bagging machines are available with PortServ and Nectar.

Note: WFP should avoid bulk cargo during the rainy season from July to October, as the port is not well equipped against rainy conditions.

For information on Togo Port of Lome Charges, please see the following document:

Togo Port of Lome detail des frais portuaires

Storage Facilities

The storage facilities available at Lomé Port are summarized hereafter.
Covered warehouses

  • 4,500 sq m of quay-side warehouses
  • 4 transit warehouses of 7,500 sq m each
  • 2 warehouses of 10,000 sq m belonging to the Togolese Chamber of Commerce
  • 1 warehouse of 5,000 sq m belonging to the Republic of Niger
  • 1 warehouse of 5,000 sq m belonging to the Republic of Mali

It should be mentioned that the state of these warehouses is good, although a check of the roof is recommended before storing foodstuffs, especially during the rainy season from July to October.
The port of Lomé offers over 200,000 sq m of open storage facilities for containers, and about 3 hectares for second-hand vehicles.
In addition, there is an open yard of about 100,000 sq m at Togblekope, north of Lomé. It is called the ‘Sahel terminal’ as it is dedicated to the traffic towards landlocked Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.
Additional containers’ terminal
As mentioned above, a third containers’ terminal is in construction, which will augment the handling capacity of the port of Lomé from the current 250,000 TEUs to 1,500,000 TEUs.

Berthing Specifications

The port of Lomé offers two piers, the major one being 1720-m long with a 950m back-up structure eastwards. The maximum water drought is 14m at harbor mouth.
There are two quays at Lomé:

  • Mole 1: Measures 366,5 m in length by 72 m in width with 4 berths for conventional ships and has a total capacity of more than 400 000 tons.
  • Mole 2: Measures 250 m in length and 140 m in width. It can accommodate vessels of 11,000 to 15, 000 dwt (Ro-Ro).

Lomé port also has a specialized quay for gypsum, clinker and sulphur, and an oil wharf for hydrocarbons.
The port of Lomé can accommodate/handle only 8 to 10 vessels at a time. The project of the construction of a third quay (containers terminal) will increase this capacity to 12 to 14 vessels.


Access to the port is limited to vessel measuring a maximum of 270 m length. The maximum draft of vessel is 9.5 m for general cargo, 11.5 m for bulk cargo, 12 m for containers and 13.5 m for tankers.
Piloting is compulsory for all vessels above 300 tpl. The pilots of the port should embark at a distance between 1 and 0.5 mile from the jetty.Towing is compulsory for vessels above 500 tpl. For vessels above 10,000 tpl, two tug boats are required.
The port of Lomé has three tug boats:

  • ‘Akodessew A’ : 960 Horse power / 17 ton-capacity
  • ‘Lomé’ : 1,620 Horse power / 24 ton-capacity
  • ‘Aneho’: 3,000 Horse power / 42 ton-capacity

Priority access to posts at quay
Vessels are granted posts at quay according to the date of arrival (First arrived, first discharged).
However, a priority is often awarded to Containers’ vessels, Ro-Ro and vessels less than 50 tpl.
Note: there is project of construction of a third quay dedicated to containers’ traffic. This quay will be built by a joint-venture between GETMA and MSC. The quay will measure 1,600 m (length) and its draft (depth) will be around 16 m. It is anticipated that a number of 4 to 5 ships would be received at a time at the new quay.

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

Pier 1 x 4

Pier 2 x 2

Oil dock - Hydrocarbons x 1

Ore dock - Mineral

Fishing port - Fish

Breakwaters

72 / 366.5

140 / 250

250

210

60

1,720 750

Depth (metre): 9.5 (3 berths) 7 (1 berth)

Depth (metre): 11 (32’ to the west) 12 (38’ to the east)

Depth (metre):13.5

Depth (metre):11.5

Depth (metre):4.5

n/a

Container Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

Silo Berth

n/a

n/a

n/a

Berthing Tugs

n/a

Water Barges

n/a

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? n/a

Handling activities within the port of Lomé is ensured by four main companies.

Following a court sentence, SE2M and SE3M, which formerly belong to the PROGOSA group, was placed under legal administration. The dispute over the ownership of this company opposes the PROGOSA Group (Spanish) to the Bolloré Group (French).

Companies Handling activity Contact
Port Autonome de Lomé Handling of clinker, wheat and hydrocarbons

Tel.: +228 227 47 42 Fax: +228 227 26 27

E-mail: togoport@togoport.tg

SE2M Handling of containers

Tel. : +228 223 73 50  Fax: +228 227 86 52

E-mail: se2m@se2mtogo.com

SE3M Handling of conventional cargo

Tel. : +228 223 73 50  Fax: +228 227 86 52

E-mail: se2m@se2mtogo.com

Manuport (GETMA) Handling of containers and conventional cargo Tel.: +228 271 04 66  Fax: +228 271 04 67
Handling Equipment Operated by Manuport Quantity Capacity
Shore Cranes 2 150 mt each (30 TEUs per hour)
Mobile Cranes 6 10 – 35 mt
Forklifts 40 3 – 40 mt
To lifters 6 12 – 35 mt
Inter Port trailers 18 40 – 50 mt
Tug masters + Mafis 6 + 6 40 - 50
Tractors 14  n/a

Port Cargo Equipment

Appliance Quantity Capacity
Shore Cranes
2
100 mt each
Mobile Cranes
2
20 and 70 MT
Forklifts
24
4 mt
Forklifts
6
7 mt
Forklifts
2
15 mt
To lifters
11
Up to 45 MT
To lifters
3
Empty stackers
Inter Port trailers
16
40 – 50 mt
Tug masters + Mafis
2 + 2
40 - 50
Tractors
16
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Container Facilities

Note: within the project of construction of a third quay, a new container freight station will be built. The new quay will increase the handling capacity of the port of Lomé to 1,500,000 TEUs per year (projection for 2015). The management of the future containers’ terminal will be ensured for 35 years by a joint-venture between GETMA and MSC.

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes

Yes

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes

Yes

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

250,000 TEUs Yearly

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

1

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

n/a

Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

660

n/a

Terminal Information

Main Silo Terminal

There is a steel silo opposite the main gate of the port. But this facility belongs to a private milling company, which is S.G.M.T. (Société les Grands Moulins du Togo).
Another silo is available at about 10 km from the port. It is being used by the Government.

Stevedoring

Companies Handling activity Contact
Port Autonome de Lomé Handling of clinker, wheat and hydrocarbons

Tel.: +228 227 47 42  Fax: +228 227 26 27

E-mail: togoport@togoport.tg

SE2M Handling of containers

Tel. : +228 223 73 50  Fax: +228 227 86 52

E-mail: se2m@se2mtogo.com

SE3M Handling of conventional cargo

Tel. : +228 223 73 50  Fax: +228 227 86 52

E-mail: se2m@se2mtogo.com

Manuport (GETMA) Handling of containers and conventional cargo Tel.: +228 271 04 66  Fax: +228 271 04 67

Note: It should be mentioned that, following a court sentence, SE2M and SE3M, which formerly belong to the PROGOSA group, was placed under legal administration. The dispute over the ownership of this company opposes the PROGOSA Group (Spanish) to the Bolloré Group (French).

Port Security

The Port of Lomé was certified ISPS compliant by the US Coast Guards Administration on July 3rd, 2008.
The effort made by Lomé Port Authorities towards increased security should be mentioned: access to the port through the main gate and subject to a badge, vessels calling the port should be announced beforehand.
Presence of a mobile scanner
Another major effort to enhance the security is the presence of a scanner in order to visualize in 2 or 3 minutes the inside of containers.
The Scanner is operated by inspection company, COTECNA, which has extended its contract with the Togolese government up to December 31st, 2015. It should be mentioned that COTECNA will install a new generation of mobile scanner 6 MeV as of October 1st, 2009.

 

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

yes

Current ISPS Level

1

Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional

Police Boats

n/a

Fire Engines

n/a