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Central African Republic Waterways Assessment

For information on Port contact details, please see the following link:

4.2.8 Central African Republic Port and Waterways Company Contact List 

The Central African Republic is a landlocked country. Possible access to the sea via the two Congo Pointe-Noire in the Republic of the Congo and Matadi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are two possibilities for the Central African Republic to access the sea. This corridor could be cheaper and faster. But, the main weak points of this corridor are the use of combined transport (rail/river from Pointe-Noire and road/river from Matadi), which increases the risk of (food commodity) loss. Also, the road and rail links have proved to be unreliable for non-oil traffic. The continual silting of the Ubangui river-bed, which necessitate a constant and costly dredging of the waterway. Moreover, the river is accessible only during six to seven months a year, from June to December or January. The level of water does not allow navigation of barges during the dry season. This reduces the level of traffic on the river.
The distance between Bangui and Brazzaville is 1,180 km. According to the Director of SOCATRAF[1], It is estimated that for a convoy of barges Carrying about 1,500 mt a complete rotation would take about 21 days loading either at Kinshasa or Brazzaville and returning back to Bangui.

Douala in Cameroon as the most suitable access point to the sea for the Central African Republic. The estuary port of Douala is situated at over 1,450 kms from Bangui. This is actually the main port for the Central African Republic, handling about 80% of the international trade of this country. The main advantage of the port Douala is the fact that Cameroon and the Central African Republic belong to the same economic zone (CEMAC ). However, the transit time at the port of Douala remains high (over two weeks) and it could take more than 20 days for a truck to cover the distance of 1,450 km which separates Douala from Bangui. It should be mentioned that many stretches of this roads are still unpaved.

Security conditions remain an issue of concern all along the river and limit the potential use of this corridor.

[1] Société Centrafricaine des Transports Fluviaux.

Company Information

In 1996 Bolloré Africa Logistics was awarded the concession for the container terminal at the port of Bangui. Bolloré Africa Logistics, which has a workforce of 200, carries merchandise up and down the Ubangui river and between the cities of Brazzaville/ Kinshasa and Bangui. All the companies present to support operations at the port are Bollore Africa Logistics affiliated. 

 

BOLLORE LOGISTICS AFRICA

Number of Boats

n/a

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity

n/a

Number of Barges

47 (bulk) + 27 (fuel) + 14 (flat)

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity

From 150MT to 600MT

Number of Tugs

10

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity

Max power 1,200 HP

Other (specify)

1 naval repair shop

Key Routes

Ubangui River

From: Brazzaville/Kinshasa

To: Bangui

From: Bangui

To: Mobaye

Total Distance (km)

1,180 km

380 km

Width (m):

Broadest

Narrowest

   

River Flow

(m³ / second)

   

Seasonal Affects

This corridor is operational during the rainy season

(June-July through December) only

This corridor is operational during the rainy season

(June-July through December) only

Maximum Weight and

Size of Vessels

1,500 mt

 

Regular Traffic

Passenger / Cargo

60,000 MT cargo

 

Companies Operating

Along the Route

SOCATRAF (Bollore afiflliate)

 

Security Concerns

(Yes / No)

Yes

Yes

Main Ports

   

Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Main port to other major Ports  (hours / days) BARGE

 

Bangui

 Brazzaville

Kinshasa 

Mobaye 

Bangui

 

21 days

21 days

 

Brazzaville

21 days

     

Kinshasa 

21 days

     

Mobaye

       

Port Information

 

Port Name

Location

Bangui

Contact Information

Bruno PERIER - Directeur Général

+236  21 61 43 15 / +236  75 50 24 64

bruno.perier@bollore.com

Connections with other

transport means

(road/waterways/air)

To all major roads in CAR. To Bangui M’poko international airport.

Storage Capacity

(square meters and cubic meters)

Indoor storage capacity 10,000m2

Outdoor container yard 5,000m2.

Handling Equipment

5 hoists (up to 30 MT)

1 weighbridge

Customs Clearance Available

(Yes / No)

Yes

Other Comments

Extension and rehabilitation of berth is under process.