The Port of Abidjan is West Africa’s biggest, most modern port. With a central location and a well-developed infrastructure, it is a major point for transshipments to West and Central Africa over the Cote d’Ivoire’s modern rail and road systems. Since opening of the Vridi Canal, the Port of Abidjan has handled nearly all commercial trade for the Cote d’Ivoire.
Covering water surface of 2500 acres and land area of 50 acres, Port of Abidjan facilities contain warehouses, specialized facilities for handling bananas, logs, and offshore tankers. The Cote d’Ivoire is the third largest cocoa bean exporter in the world. It’s also an important distribution point for imports to Africa. Imports include foodstuffs, machinery, equipment, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured goods going to the south. Exports include rubber, cotton, timber, fruit, fish, vegetables, and cocoa.
Quickly becoming one of West Africa’s most important fishing ports, the Port of Abidjan includes fleets of trawlers and sardine and tuna fishing boats. Over 200 thousand tons of fish are processed there each year.
With a total of six kilometers of quay, the Port of Abidjan has 34 berths including berths dedicated for timber, cereals, fruits, petroleum products, and containers. Dept at the harbor’s mouth is 10.5 meters, and the dept is 12.5 meters at the quays. The Port of Abidjan can accommodate vessels up to 260 meters long. The port contains 407.6 thousand square meters of open storage and 143.5 square meters of covered warehouses and sheds. Three berths specialize in container-handling, and one berth is devoted to roll-on/roll-off cargoes. All of the port’s wharves are connected to the rail network.