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Port Overview 

The Port of Douala is accessed through a channel measuring 50km that requires constant dredging. The draught level at Wouri Channel is 5.5m plus tide from 1.85m to 2.9m. Tide variance is between 0.3m at low water and to 2.9m at high water. The draught permitting vessels movements are fixed 1 hour before high tide for berthing or sailing, but no later than 1 hour after. 

Towing is compulsory for vessels above 10,000 tpl.  There are presently 3 tug boats operating in the port. Piloting is compulsory for all vessels. 

Working hours: 

  • 2 shifts: 0730hrs - 1700hrs and 1730hrs - 0630hrs 
  • Port overtime: Saturday, Sunday, National holidays and after 1800hrs on normal days. 

Holidays: 

  • 1st January : New Year Day [Not workable] 
  • 11th February: Youth Day 
  • [Variable] March: Easter Day 
  • 1st May: Labour Day [Not workable] 
  • 5th May: Ascension 
  • 20th May: National day [Not workable] 
  • 15th August: Assumption 
  • 25th December: Christmas day [Not workable] 
  • Unfixed: Ramadan & Tabaski

[Not workable day: port operation stopped 1800hrs the day before and resumed 0700hrs the day after. No operation, no sailing or berthing during closure period]          

Port website: www.pad.cm 

Key port information may also be found at Maritime Database. 

PORT’s LOCATION & CONTACTS 

Country 

Cameroon 

Province and District 

Littoral 

Town or City (Closest) 

Douala 

Port Name 

Autonomous Port of Douala 

Latitude 

04°03’5 N 

Longitude 

09°41’8 E 

Company / Port Authority 

Autonomous Port of Douala 

Management Contact 

Autonomous Port of Douala 

BP 4020, 81 rue de la Chambre de Commerce, Bonanjo, Douala 

Tel.: +237 33 42 73 22 / 233 42 01 33 / 233 43 55 84 

Fax. +237 33 42 67 97  

Email : pad@pad.cm 

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures 

Douala International Airport 

Port Picture

 


Description and Contacts of Key Companies 

Dept/Agency Name and address 

Tel / Fax 

DIT (Douala International Terminal) 

BP3945, Port de Douala, Quai de la Marine 

Tel1:+237 233 43 93 40 

Fax: +237 233 43 93 41 

Consortium composed of: 

  • Dutch operator AP Moller-Maersk (31%) 
  • French GETMA / Bollore Group (28%) 
  • Cameroonian operators 

DIT was selected to manage and operate the Douala Container Terminal facilities for 15 years in July of 2004. Under the agreement, the consortium will assume responsibility for management, stevedoring and terminal handling of container and ro-ro vessels. 


The main clearing agents at the port of Douala are presented in the table below.

Clearing agent and Address 

Contact Names / Email 

Tel / Fax 

Comments 

DAMCO-MAERSK S.A Zone UDEAC, Maersk Place, Bonanjo 

Name: Ms. Abiola Abodel Beatrice 

Title: Aid & Relief Account Manager 

Email: abiola.abodel@maersk.com 

Website: www.maersk.com 

Tel1: 680 00 11 23 

Tel2: 233 50 05 00 

Shipping, Transit, Handling, Transport, Forwarding 

Bollore Transport and Logistics (Bollore Group) 

 

Name: Philippe Toure 

Title: Departement Hinterland 

Email: philippe.toure@bollore.com 

Tel1: 233 50 12 12 

Tel2: 699 93 70 29 

Shipping, Transit, Handling, Transport, Forwarding 


SOCOMAR 

Rue 1.020, Bonanjo 

Name: Louis Marie Jeannin 

Title: DG 

Email: jeannin@socomarcm.net 

Email: infos@socomarcm.net 

Tel1: 233 43 09 98 

Tel2: 699 93 46 13 

Fax: 233 43 09 98 

For Vehicles 

Movis Cameroun 

Rue 1.033, Bonanjo 

Name: Brice Beaufils 

Title: Sales Manager 

Email: brice.beaufils@movis-cm.com 

Website: http://www.movis.online/

Tel1: 233 42 40 51 / 233 42 47 85 

Tel2: 699 50 30 70 

Fax: 233 42 42 74 

 

3 T Cameroun 

Voie portuaire, Akwa 

Email: ttt_cameroun@yahoo.fr 

Email: 3t@3tfme.com  

Website: www.3tfme.com 

Tel1: 233 40 41 70 / 72 / 77 

Fax: 233 40 41 74 

 

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Cameroon Port and Waterways Company Contact List


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

Source: DIT Douala 2006-2019 

The Douala port authority gave the following rates for Tug and Line Handling Services - these are for 2019 though were originally set in 2005.

GRT 

Tugging / hour (euros) 

Line handling / hour (euros) 

600 to 1000 

186.34 

74.53 

1001 to 2000 

248.52 

99.99 

2001 to 3000 

262.7 

109.08 

3001 to 4000 

289.97 

111.81 

4001 to 5000 

314.51 

116.35 

5001 to 6000 

342.23 

119.99 

6001 to 7000 

372.68 

127.25 

7001 to 8000 

396.49 

129.08 

8001 to 9000 

428.13 

136.35 

9001 to 10000 

452.67 

138.16 

* > 10000 

479.95 

254.52 

* Tugging : Euro 479,95 + Euro 0,32 (GRT – 10000) / 10 

Above tariff is including VAT = 19.25% 

Conventional Cargo 

Conventional Cargo 

Rate 

Direct discharge/loading of imports/exports 

3.66 to 4.88 euros/mt when loaded on trucks or discharge into warehouse. 

Containerized cargo 

The Douala port authority gave the same rate in 2019 which is unchanged since 2005. The official rates are still as per the following attachments: 

Douala Tariffs 1

Douala Tariffs 2

Douala Tariffs 3

General Cargo Handling Berths

Type

Number of berths 

Length of berth (m) 

Draught (m) 

Tanker 

1 (no. 1) 

140 

7.3 

Ore/Alumina Petcoke, Pitch 

1 (no. 2) 

150 

8.5 

General cargo + Logs-sawn timbers 

9 (nos. 3 to 11) 

150 

8.5 

Fruits 

1 (no. 12) 

150 

8.5 

Bulk wheat 

1 (no. 13) 

150 

8.5 

Containers (Gantry cranes) 

3 (nos. 14-16) 

150 / each 

8.5 

Bonabéri side Liquid gas / product 

1 (no. 51) 

130 

8.5 

Bonabéri side Clinker 

1 (no. 52) 

160 

8.5 

Port Handling Equipment 

Important investments have made in recent years to improve stevedoring at the port of Douala. The concession in 2004 of the containers’ terminal to a private company (Douala International Terminal), a joint-venture between APMT, Bolloré Group and Cameroonians operators) should therefore be viewed as part of the effort of the Cameroonian government to equip the port with modern handling equipment, especially for containers. 

It should be mentioned that bagging machines could be made available in case of bulk cargo. This possibility exists with Nectar. 

PORT CARGO EQUIPMENT (OPERATIONAL) 

Appliance 

Quantity 

Capacity 

Shore Cranes 

Gantry Cranes 3 units 

40 mt/each 

Floating Crane 

2 

40 mt/each 

Reachstacker 

18 

 

Forklifts 

15 

From 4 to 32 mt 

Mobile crane 

 

For empty container 

Tractors 

30 

 

Trailers 

29 

40 mt/each 

Bagging Machines 

Available with private companies, upon request. 

 

Silos facilities 

6 silos of 1,500 ft., belonging to private wheat flour company. 

 


Gantry cranes at Douala

Container Facilities 


20ft (TEUs)40ft (TEUs)

Container facilities 

Yes 

Yes 

Daily off-take capacity                   

500 TEUs/day (stat.2004) 

Container Freight Stations (CFS) 

Yes 

Yes 

Number of CFS 

1 

Capacity of CFS                                 

5,000 TEUs (per day)

Refrigerated Container Stations 

Yes 

Yes 

Number of Stations (connection points) 

1 

Most of the terminal had been resurfaced, either tarmac or cobbles, allowing equipment to operate efficiently. Four gantry cranes are functioning which can carry more than 16 mph each. 20 Stevedores have been well trained to operate the cranes. Shore handling equipment is in good order and has sufficient capacity to cope with volume of vessels. Equipment comprises of Top lifters, Reach-stackers and Forklifts that are supplied by the stevedores. The storage/repair yard equipment is modern and in good working order. 

Storage Facilities 

There are 22 hectares of stacking area, 28,000 m2 of quay strip and terminal buildings.  

The terminal (Container Terminal ITS GIE) itself has 3 berths and can handle over 5,000 TEU full containers in its stacking area. 15 metres separates stacks, allowing terminal equipment to work. Space is also allocated for Ro-Ro and quay allows cargo/equipment to move around terminal efficiently. 

Port Storage


Quantity 

 Floor area (m2) 

Bonded warehouses 

 

58,000  

Cold storage 

 

8,000 

Plugs for reefer containers 

120 reefer plugs 

 

Container storage yard 

 

380,000 

General Cargo storage yard 

 

200,000 

Stevedoring

The number of dockers at the port of Douala is estimated at about 2,000. They are managed by a joint-venture established by main port operators. 

Security 

The port of Douala has been ISPS compliant since July 1st 2004.  

SECURITY              

ISPS Level (1=Normal; 2=Heightened; 3=Exceptional)

1