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Port Overview

The Port of Pointe Noire is the only sea port of the Republic of the Congo. It is an important gateway to Brazzaville and it plays an important role of transhipment port for the port of Matadi, Luanda, Cabinda, and Soyo. Its construction started on July 11, 1934 and the official inauguration was on 1 April 1939.

The port has 2135 m of quay in the commercial zone, and 726 m of quay in the logistics oil zone. It also has specialized platforms, warehouses, specialized facilities. The container terminal is managed by the Company Bollore transport and logistics and has extension of 31 hectares for stocking space on Quai G.

Facilities are complemented by the following storage spaces: a cement silo, a wheat silo, a wine cellar, hydrocarbon storage tanks and derived products and vegetable oil storage tanks.

The main operators in the Container Terminal are besides Bollore who manages the terminal: Socotrans (for general deliveries and the strengthening of the depot area); (U.C.) Urbanisme et Commerce: for concerns on the site security, the cleaning and sealing of the containers; Sat (for the transport of the bulk cargoes) and CFCO (for the transport of the goods via railway).

The port is currently non-congested and traffic is regular. The average queue time to access is about 24 hours.

Pointe Noire port is as of today one of the deep-water ports in West Africa with a draft up to 16m and can accommodate larger vessels up to 300 meters of length and capacity of 8000 TEU’s. Entry and exit accesses are through a basin with an area of 84ha which opens into a 280 m wide bay. The Port is divided into three areas:

  • The first zone is reserved for customs goods whose free stay is limited to 11 days for national transit, and 30 days for international transit;
  • The second zone is a storage area with no time limit;
  • The third zone is reserved for oil and industrial activity, as well as for port extensions.

The embankment represents a total area of 126 ha, including 66 ha at the commercial Port and 60 ha in the industrial area. The commercial Port also has a dedicated area for the processing of container traffic, logs and Eucalyptus logs.


The top exports of the Republic of the Congo are Crude Petroleum, Refined Copper, Rough Wood, Refined Petroleum and Sawn Wood.

Its top imports are Food stuff, Iron Structures, Insulated Wire, Packaged Medicaments, and Palm Oil.

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Port Location and Contact



Province or District


Nearest Town or City

with Distance from Port


Port's Complete Name






Managing Company or Port Authority


Management Contact Person

Séraphin BHALAT, Director General

05 551 82 68 –

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures



Description and Contacts of Key Companies

2135 m of quay, depths up around 16 m. Warehouses and sheds of the port provide areas of operation than 15 ha. The platforms fit out represent a total area of 126 ha. The container terminal represents a total area of 32 ha.

Several public and private companies operate within the port include:

The Congolese shipping Company SOCOTRAM, the timber handler SOCOMAB, the Integrated Logistics Services Company INTEL, the transit companies (SOCOTRANS & SOCOTRANA) and CMA CGM Port Operations (Container terminal); Congo Container Congo - DARON Ship chandler, CMS NOMECO Congo Inc (Port Authority ), Hydro Data-Congo ( Port Operator ), Manu Congo (Port Agent), Urbanisme et Commerce (U.C): for the site security the cleaning and sealing of the containers. SAT: for the transport of the bulk cargoes and CFCO: for the transport of the goods via railway.


For more information on port contacts, please see the following link: 4.4 Republic of the Congo Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance

In the current configuration, Pointe Noire port authority may simultaneously welcome in commercial transactions 15 vessels at public harbour, 3 vessels of 130 m at the onshore base, 3 tankers at oil sites of: Djeno, Nkossa and Yombo.

Pointe Noire Port is accessible day and night.

Its basin of 84 ha opens on the bay by a harbour channel of 180 m wide extended by a feeding Channel of 1500 m dragged at 16m.

The night marking is ensured and the piloting and towage are compulsory and ensured 24hours a day. The piloting is compulsory for any vessel having a gross tonnage equal or higher than 100tons. Two pilots are compulsory for vessels with length equal or superior to 160meters. l Also the towage is compulsory for any vessels having a gross tonnage equal to or higher than 2000 mt.  The vessels provisioning is ensured and stevedoring, handling, consignment and transit activities are granted to private companies.

The traffic of the port of Pointe Noire is handled on two sites: The oil handling terminals and the public harbour have a total of 16,358,612 mt (2015)

  • Oil Handling Terminals: 8,927,126 mt (2015)
  • Public Harbour (total): 7,431,486 mt (2015)
  • Container Traffic: 560,000 mt (2016)

The Port of Pointe Noire grants feeder connections to the following locations: Matadi, Boma, Banana, Cabinda, Soyo, Loanda, Lobito, Libreville, Douala, Freetown et Monrovia.

Seasonal Constraints



Time Frame

Rainy Season



Major Import Campaigns


Other Comments


Handling Figures for 2016

Vessel Calls


Container Traffic (TEUs)


Handling Figures Bulk and Break Bulk for 2016

Bulk (MT)


Break bulk (MT)

8000 Roro and parts in the Containership vessels

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following document: Port of Pointe Noire rates and tariffs

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth





Draft (m)


Conventional Berth (Quay D + Mole quay)





Container Berth (Quay G)





Silo Berth





Berthing Tugs





Water Barges





General cargo is handled on quay D and on the Mole quay where conventional cargo ships are berthed

General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo

D+ Mole (7)

Exports - Bagged Cargo

D+ Mole (7)

Imports and Exports - RoRo

D+ Mole (7)

Other Imports

D+ Mole (7)

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? Privately



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane



Container Gantries


6 – 60 Mt max capacities


Mobile Cranes


Total of 4 (3 x 100mtons at 24m) + 1 x 125mtons

Dedicated priority to containers on feeder Vessel, other operation under quotation and to be operated by Congo Terminal





RoRo Tugmaster (with Trailer)




Grain Elevator with Bagging Machines










1 x 33 – 1 x 32 – 2 x 12 – 2 x 7 – 2 x 4 – 3 x 2.5mtons

Container Facilities

The main activity of Congo Terminal is the container-ships and RORO ships handling (loading/unloading).

Since 2009, the container port went through considerable works of modernization and extension of the facilities.

The investment program over 27 years costed 570 Million of Euro and has permitted the optimization of the port capacities. A new information systems have been deployed and a new quay of 270 m of length for 16 meters of depth has been built. The overall existing quays, storage compartments and yards have been renewed to receive additional volumes.

  • Length of platforms: 1500 m
  • 4 berths: G1 250m; G2 / G3 280m; G4 270m; D (720m
  • Surface of exploitation of the park RORO: 2.5 ha
  • Storage capacity RORO: 570 vehicles 
  • Draught: - 16 m
  • Containers park: more than 32 hectares of storage on 5 heights
  • Logistic Zone interconnected in the railroad network and Maintenance workshop: 5 ha
  • Equipments: gantries cranes of quay 6 / mobile Cranes: 4 / RTG (gantries cranes of park): 16
  • Reachstackers: 26
  • Notional annual Capacity: 1 200 000 TEUs
  • 875 refrigerated grips: storage on 3 heights
  • Capacity of the Power plant: 12.500 Kva
  • Time reduction of port passage to 14 days
  • Port handling capabilities: 115,50 movements / hour





Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)


1 external terminal dedicated for stuffing and un-stuffing ops

Refrigerated Container Stations


1767 TEU’s

Other Capacity Details

RO-RO Park

570 vehicles, capacity extendable if needed

Daily Take Off Capacity
(Containers per Day)



Number of Reefer Stations
(Connection Points)



Emergency Take-off Capacity



Off take Capacity of Gang Shift
(Containers per Shift)



Customs Guidance

The recommended procedure for customs clearance in general terms as follows:

Once all merchandise documents are available they should be handed to a forwarding agent who will complete the application and hand it over to the customs authorities. The declaration is a legal document and wrong information might lead to penalties. The declaration will be registered with the customs authorities and classified either for a normal procedure or an urgent process depending on the nature of the cargo. Documents required:

·         Non-Commercial invoice

·         Donor Certificate & Certificate of Origin

·         Bill of Lading

·         Packing list & Shipment advice

·         Fumigation document

·         Quality Certificate & Import licence.

THE “GUOT” (Guichet Unique des Opérations Transfrontaliéres) 

The implementation of “GUOT” (Guichet Unique des Opérations Transfrontaliéres) process has taken effect in November 2014. This process has seen the introduction of the T.I number to affect the validation of the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) for all cargo destined to Republic of the Congo.

The process requires that for a shipper to obtain the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) in French “BESC”, the consignee(s)/ importer(s) and his “transitaire” (freight forwarder) at Pointe-Noire should be registered at the GUOT (Guichet unique des operations transfrontalieres) in Congo.

In the past, the consignees/ importers and their transitaires were applying for an importation request or authorization directly from the Commerce department to allow them to get the ECTN (Besc) at the port of loading. Now, this process becomes electronic via the GUOT system. The consignee/importer or his freight forwarder once registered in GUOT system can validate all commercial operation (importation) to obtain the T.I number. The T.I number is compulsory for the validation of the BESC (ECTN).

Shippers are supposed to notify their consignees/ importers in Congo to register with the GUOT to obtain a T.I number which shall appear on the ECTN each time they want to export cargo to Congo via Pointe Noire or other ports of entry.

Heavy fines shall be imposed by the Congolese authorities in event the shipper/consignee fails to comply with these new procedures.

Procedure to get T.I Number for ECTN (Electronic Cargo Tracking Note) validation

In application of circular n° 002/GUOT/DG of October 14th, 2014, it is compulsory for customers to use the electronic system of the Single Window Cross-Border Operations [GUOT – Guichet Unique des Operations Transfrontalières]. 

This system generates an identifier otherwise known as a TI number [Import Certificate number] once the receiver at destination has validated his importation declaration. This identifier is sent by the receiver to his shipper to permit him to make the boarding formalities. This identifier concerned only the shipper and the receiver; the carrier is not concerned that is why there is no obligation for the carrier to include this reference in transportation documents [Bill of Lading and manifest]. The TI number is a new requirement for Congo in addition of ECTN which remains compulsory.

  1.  The supplier/Shipper abroad or at Port of loading sends a commercial invoice to the consignee/importer in Congo;
  2.  With the commercial invoice, the consignee/importer in Congo or his freight forwarder registers and opens a file in the GUOT system to obtain the T.I number.
  3.  Once the consignee/importer in Congo acquires the T.I number he sends it to the supplier/Shipper abroad or at Port of loading.
  4.  With the T.I number, the entity acting on the supplier/Shipper’s instructions applies and validates the ECTN to be indicated on the BL.

The clearing processes takes around 10 days, so documents should be preferably presented to the forwarding agent least 5 days before ships arrival to avoid delays. There are at least 30 forwarding/clearing agents (transitaires) in the port and some of the main ones are: SDV Congo, GETMA/NECOTRANS, SOCOTRANS, TMC, AIS, SAT CONGO, TRANSIMEX CONGO S.A. The forwarding agent’s fees will depend on service level and type of cargo imported and are based on the port tariffs plus agency commissions.

The Republic of Congo is member of the WCO and a signatory of the revised Kyoto Convention and the Tampere Convention, all of which aims to facilitate the procedures for importation and communications in humanitarian emergencies. Duties and taxes exemption applies in principle to all humanitarian organizations, UN Agencies and INGOs that have an MoU with the Government, and for all types of merchandise imported by these organizations.


For more information on customs in REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, please see the following link: 1.3 Republic of the Congo Customs Information.

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Quay D has a first line of 6 warehouses 20 meters from the quay with a total storage area of 15 543 m² A second row of 6 warehouses with a storage area of 10,774 m² is situated 80 meters from the quay.

The two rows of warehouses are separated by a road for circulation within the port  

Behind quay D there is a cement silo covering an area of 4,150 m².

Along the Mole quay there is an area of 20,000 m² for general cargo handling, and 6 warehouses with a total storage area of 16,000 m².

There are also two timber storage areas of 39,000 m² and a eucalyptus wood storage area of 51,000 m².

Behind the quays there is a second handling zone of 32 hectares including 27 warehouses of totally 46,783 m² and a cool room of 422 m². Many of the warehouses, both at the quay and in the second zone, have rail access. Mineral oil deposit for 3,000 m³. RoRo facilities is available

Grain and Bulk Handling 

Cereal silos for 15,000 Mt; surface 11 672M2. There is no capacity for bagging of grain.

The milling company MINOCO is located behind Quay G and they have 18 silos of a surface of 11,672Sqm and a total grain storage capacity of 15,000 Mt

MINOCO has its own capacity of bagging flour in the milling facility.

There is no possibility of direct bagging from ship discharge.

Main Storage Terminal 

The total surface of the warehouses and hangars in the port offer a total surface of 15 hectares

The storage space for forest products is 38,987 Sqm

The total parking space for vehicles is 13,767Sqm

 The silos dedicated to cereals have a surface of 11,672Sqm and a capacity of 12,000mt

Concrete silos surface of 4,150Sqm and capacity of 12,000Mt

Oil stocking facilities 50,000 m3

Liquid gas stoking capacities 585Mt

Four premises with a total surface of 536,762Sqm are dedicated to the Oil logistic


Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

6 Warehouses


Refrigerated Cargo

1 cool room


General Cargo

6 Warehouses



The Government and several private companies are the stevedoring company in the Port of Pointe – Noire.

ETA for Vessel must be confirmed 24 hours prior to arrival to allow the organisation of manpower deployment. The Port of Pointe - Noire has 3 working shifts which are as follows:

1st shift from 06:30 to 14:30

2nd shift from 14:30 to 22:30

3rd shift from 22:30 to 06:30

Normal working hours run from 06:30 to 14:30 from Monday to Saturday.

Overtimes from 14:30 to 06:30 from Monday to Saturday and 24.00 on Sundays and Bank holidays. Number of gangs per ship: depends on number of ship’s holds, available winchmen and dockers. Working days per week: the port works 24/24.00 hrs (Sundays and Bank holidays included). Private trucks are to be arranged per shift of 8 hours to ensure the best rate of discharging. Supply of fresh water is supplied at of offshore by ship Chandlers.

Hinterland Information

Items are moved out of the port mainly by trucks, and rail depending on the type of commodity. Most of the goods are moved out in containers. While Oil and oil derivates are usually moved out by train until the Loutete station and then transferred to tank trucks. The main company for rail transport is the state owned CFCO while for transportation by route the main ones are BOLLORE Logistics, S.A.T. (Societe Africaine de Transport), GETMA/NECOTRANS, SOCOTRANS, TMC, AIS, SAT CONGO, TRANSIMEX CONGO S.A etc…

Port Security

Security checks with customs officers are installed at every gate however the security is low and the port is easily accessible with little control. The security level increases in the container terminal where the ISPS level is rated 2.

The firefighting services at the port are granted by the private company SERVTEC.


ISPS Compliant


Current ISPS Level
(Level 1 = Normal, Level 2 = Heightened, Level 3 = Exceptional)

2 (container terminal)

1 (rest of the port)

Police Boats


Fire Engines


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