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For Burundi Port of Bujumbura Contact details, please see the following link: 

4.3 Burundi Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Overview

Before the roads in western Tanzania were upgraded most Burundi cargo moved by train from Dar-es-salam port to Kigoma port then onwards to Bujumbura by lake barge. Since then deliver is made directly from Tanzania into Burundi by road.

Bujumbura Port is situated on the Lake Tanganyika on the North-West side of Bujumbura town and is about 3 km to WFP Central Warehouse. The Port of Bujumbura has 4 quays; the northern quay is equipped with a fixed crane with a capacity of 50 Mt to handle containers, while the southern quay is equipped with 5 mobile cranes of 5 Mt each. The port has a mobile truck equipped with a 40 Mt crane; it also has forklifts and storage facilities.
The draft limitations of the port are between 7 and 9 meters. One mobile crane operates in combination with 2 labour teams on the ground and according to the capacity of those labour teams; one mobile crane can handle a maximum of 300 Mt/day. The Port of Bujumbura can handle an average of 250 Mt of commodities and 20 containers per day. The barge capacity belonging to the various agencies are:

  • Arnolac: 4,900 Mt
  • Batralac: 2,700 Mt

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Burundi

Province or District

Bujumbura

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

Name : Bujumbura

km: 3

Port's Complete Name

Port of Bujumbura
 -3.383333

Longitude

29.36667

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

Global  Port Services Burundi (GPSB) 

Management Contact Person

n/a

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

The port operations management is a concession from the State of Burundi. The infrastructure of the Port belongs to the Government.
The port handles a wide range of cargo including bagged products (cement, sugar, fertilisers etc.) liquid bulks (oil products). Break bulks (iron and steel) motor vehicles, machinery and containerized cargoes.
There are future plans to improve the port as follows:

  • Dredging of the port basin.
  • Purchase of new cranes for conventional general cargoes.
  • Replace the container cranes.
  • Expand the port (new warehouses, floating dock, dry dock etc.)

Port Picture

 

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

4.3 Burundi Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

The port is situated on the north of Lake Tanganyika and to the north-west of the city of Bujumbura in the industrial zone.
There is a storage facility of fuel to the north belonging to a company (SEPA) that specializes in fuel storage.
The distance from the quay to the storage site is about a kilometer. To the south at a distance of about half a kilometer is the ‘gare routiere’, a complex for parking vehicles.
The port has traffic links with other ports, Kigoma in Tanzania, Kalemie and Kalundu in the DRC and Mpulungu in Zambia.

Seasonal Constraints

Yes / No

From <month> to <month>

Rainy Season

Yes

February to April

Major Import Campaigns

n/an/a

Other ( coffee export)

Yes

July to October

Handling Figures

Year 2006

Vessel Calls

n/a

Container Traffic (TEUs)

1000

Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk

Year 2006

Bulk (MT)

 n/a

Break bulk (MT)

182,810

Port Handling Equipment

 

 

 

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

1

 n/a  n/a

Container Berth

1

  n/a  n/a

Silo Berth

1

  n/a  n/a

Berthing Tugs

2

  n/a  n/a

Water Barges

  n/a  n/a  n/a

The port is managed by a private company: Global Port Services Burundi

Port handling equipment, numbers and capacity:

  • 4 mobile cranes of 5 Mt each plus 1 crane of 40Mt
  • 1 fixed crane of 50 Mt
  • 1 Weigh-bridge of 50 Mt

This storage space at the port is sub-leased and is not well maintained so direct delivery on trucks is recommended.

There is an open storage area as well as warehouses built out of durable material in the port premises.

The public storage space is provided by the State but managed by the GPSB (Global Port Services Burundi).

 

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Shore Crane

Yes

1

50MT

Container Gantries

n/a

n/a

n/a

Mobile Cranes

Yes

4

1

5MT

40MT

RoRo Tug master (w/ Trailer)

n/a

n/a

n/a

Elevator (Forklift)

Yes

1

1

25MT

28MT

Crane Pinguely

Yes

1

81MT

Forklifts

Yes

10

4.5MT

 

Customs Guidance

This storage space at the port is sub-leased and is not well maintained so direct delivery on trucks is recommended. There is an open storage area as well as warehouses built out of durable material in the port premises.

The public storage space is provided by the State but managed by the EPB (Exploitation du Port de Bujumbura. It also serves for customs warehousing.).

For information on Burundi Port of Bujumbura customs details, please see the following links:

1.3 Burundi Customs Information

Terminal Information

Grain and Bulk Handling

There are no bagging facilities available in the port.

Container Facilities

There are no advanced container facilities in use. The containers are usually off-loaded and kept in the port yard till all the required processes are completed before the owners can take custody of them.

Costs for bulk/bagged cargo vessels: Bulk cargo is charged at US$ 1.90 TEU/day. Bagged cargo is charged at US$ 0.60 Mt/day.

 Facilities

20 ft.

40 ft.

Container Facilities Available

YES

YES

Container Freight Station (CFS)

YES

YES

Refrigerated Container Stations

N/A

N/A

Other Capacity Details

  

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)

20

N/A

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

N/A

N/A

Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)

N/A

N/A

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

N/A

N/A

Main Storage Terminal

Total floor space 

Quantity 

Floor Area (m2) 

Hangar H1 (for packages)

1

4,000

Hangar H2 (miscellaneous goods)

1

4,000

Hangar H3 & H4 ( goods for export)

2

8,000

Hangars A1, 2, 3 ,4

4

2,560

Stevedoring

Stevedoring services are provided by the port and are included in port charges.

Hinterland Information

Shunting from port is performed by private transporters who are contracted by the cargo consignee. 

Port Security

Security at the port is generally good. Both the military and Police personnel are present 24 hours a day, and many local banks have branches within the port. Reports of theft are rather rare.

Security

ISPS Compliant

(Yes / No)

No

Current ISPS Level

n/a

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

Police Boats

n/a

Fire Engines

n/a

For Burundi Port of Bujumbura Contact details, please see the following link: 

4.3 Burundi Port and Waterways Company Contact List