One of the problems facing developing countries these days is severe congestion in the sea ports which handle vital import and export cargoes.
GV Port of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
GV ZOOM OUT Tanker loaded with containers.
GV PAN FROM Containers TO ships in harbour and containers stacked on quay. (2 shots)
GV Ships unloading supplies. (2 shots)
SV Fork-lift truck loaded with crates.
SV Bales of paper being unloaded from ship.
GV Sacks of grain being unloaded.
GV Fork-lift truck moving container, and container being loaded onto truck. (3 shots)
GV Men loading sacks onto truck.
LV Men loading bags of cement. (2 shots)
GV Ship unloading cement mixers.
GV Men loading sacks of grain onto quay. (2 shots)
In 1977 the port of Abidjan handled about 5 million metric tonnes of cargo. The Ivory Coast comes second to Nigeria in black Africa in the amount of imports it handles. The maritime nations of black Africa have been building up their own fleets of cargo ships for some time and the Ivory Coast is a member of several European and African maritime organisations.
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Background: One of the problems facing developing countries these days is severe congestion in the sea ports which handle vital import and export cargoes.
SYNOPSIS: And no-where is this crisis more in evidence than in the port of Abidjan, capital city of the Ivory coast. It is the most important sea port in French-speaking Africa and serves as a maritime outlet for not only the Ivory coast, but also Mali, Upper Volta and Niger. But if quick action is not taken, by 1979 serious economic repercussions will be caused by the congestion of Abidjan's port facilities.
Already some ships have had to wait up to a staggering 200 days before being allocated a berth to discharge their cargoes -- an operation which, when it finally gets underway -- takes only about four days to complete. Alarmed by the possible consequences of this situation, in 1977 the United Nations Conference for Commerce and Development brought together a group of experts to study ways of relieving congestion in Third World ports.
As far as Abidjan is concerned they recommended a construction programme likely to cost about 12 thousand million CFA francs (about 50 million US dollars)
Among the projects included in this development plan are a new container terminal, the extension of existing installations designed to handle general cargoes and the construction of special port facilities for the export of manganese and bulk sugar. AT present about 80 percent of West Africa's exports go to Western Europe -- and the need to keep them flowing is becoming increasingly urgent.