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Key port information can also be found at: http://www.maritime-database.com/ports/topports.php

Port Overview

  • Bossaso Port is the main seaport for Puntland and Central region of Somalia.
  • Bossaso Port was constructed during the mid-1980s by the Siad Barre administration for annual livestock shipments to the Middle East.
  • In January 2012, a renovation project was launched and KMC were contracted to upgrade the harbor. The initiative's first phase saw the clean-up of unwanted materials from the dockyard and was completed within a month.
  • The second phase involved the reconstruction of the port's adjoining seabed, with the objective of accommodating larger ships.

Port Location and Contacts

Country

Somalia

Province or District

Bari Region – Puntland

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

Name: Bossaso (1 km)

Port's Complete Name

Bosasso Port

Latitude

11.29081

Longitude

49.18019

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

Ministry of Marine Transport and Ports

Management Contact Person

Abdimadjid Samatar Mohamed – Port Manager
Tel: +252 90 779 9996, Email: jaanfaan@live.com

Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: Bossaso Airport (5 kms)

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

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

4.2.4 Somalia Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

  • Bossaso Port draft is 9 meters; the berth can only accommodate one ship at a time.
  • There is no congestion reported of late. Humanitarian cargo does get priority although in principal, berthing is on first come first serve basis.
  • Sometimes it has been observed that livestock and building materials ships get priority.
  • Waiting time depends on cargo type. The main hindrance to the port is its smallness in structure of 150m in length and therefore cannot handle large numbers of vessels.

Bossaso Port – Seasonal Constraints

Rainy Season

Yes

April to June and October to December

Major Import Campaigns

N/A

N/A

Other

Livestock carriers get berthing priority so delays can occur especially at times surrounding religious festivals.

Bossaso Port – Handling Figures

2012

2013

Vessel Calls

93

 

Container Traffic (TEUs)

1,212

 

Bulk (mt)

Nil

Nil

Break-bulk (mt)

4,556

1,096

Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on Somalia Port tariffs, please see the following document:

Somalia Port Tarrifs

Berthing Specifications

Port of Bossaso – Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth

Quantity

Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

Information not available

Information n/a

7 m

Container Berth

Information n/a

Information n/a

Nil

Silo Berth

0

N/A

N/A

Berthing Tugs

NA

Water Barges

NA

General Cargo Handling Berths

Port of Bossaso – General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports – Bagged Cargo

Conventional Berth

Exports – Bagged Cargo

N/A

Imports and Exports – RoRo

N/A

Other Imports

N/A

Port Handling Equipment

Port of Bossaso – Port Handling Equipment

Equipment

Available

(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Yes

N/A

N/A

Container Gantries

N/A

N/A

N/A

Mobile Cranes

Yes

N/A

N/A

Reachstacker

N/A

N/A

N/A

RoRo Tugmaster

N/A

N/A

N/A

Grain Elevator & Bagging Machines

No

N/A

N/A

Transtrainer

N/A

N/A

N/A

Forklifts

Yes

N/A

N/A

Comments

Cranes, forklifts, trailers are privately owned. Port has 6 forklifts that belong to private people and they carry from 20 – 40 mt capacity

Container Facilities

Port of Bossaso - Container Facilities

Facilities

20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available

Yes

Yes

Container Freight Station (CFS)

No

No

Refrigerated Container Stations

No

No

Daily Off-take Capacity (Containers per day)

+100/day

n/a

Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)

No

n/a

Emergency Off-take Capacity (Give an indication)

Nil

n/an/a

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

Nil

 

Customs Guidance

Documentation process required is as follows:

  • Before arrival of the vessel clearance letter from H.E the President of Puntland or his vice President.
  • Cargo certificates: Phytosanitary Certificate, Certificate of Origin, Re-export certificate, Fumigation Certificates, NNCR or B/L and Cargo manifest for eventual customs clearance Stowage/cargo plan and NOR (Notice of Readiness) tendered upon arrival/berthing
  • During Discharge Daily progress report of shipment discharged Daily superintendent report
  • After Discharge Final Vessel discharge report Superintendent final report

For information on Somalia Customs details, please see the following link: 1.3 Somalia Customs Information

Terminal Information

Grain and Bulk Handling

  • There are no installed bagging facilities at the Port of Bossaso.
  • PortServ Company provides the services at the port when informed and contracted well in advance of a vessel arrival with bulk cereals. PortServ also provides direct bagging from ship. 

Main Storage Terminal

Port of Bossaso – Main Storage Terminal

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m²)

Bagged Cargo

Nil

Nil

Refrigerated Cargo

Nil

Nil

General Cargo

Nil

Nil

Stevedoring

  • Private companies offer stevedoring services.
  • Labour is abundant and readily available.
  • No incentives are required.
  • Labour is guided by working hours that has religion bearing. 

Hinterland Information

  • All transporters will deliver Galkayo and the Central region.
  • Geographically difficult areas for delivery are Alula and Qandala districts of Bari region. In-land corridor Hargeisa – Berbera – Bossaso and Galkayo is used for internal transfer.
  • This corridor is activated in case of emergency transfer.
  • Customs and border cross clearances are required for any convoy from Somaliland to Puntland. In this case two signed and stamped letters have to be prepared.
  • When letters are ready they should be submitted to the Ministry of Finance and Interior for approval in Garowe. Original approved requests are then sent back to Bossaso.

Port Security

Port of Bossaso – Port Security

ISPS Compliant

No

Current ISPS Level

Nil

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

Police Boats

Nil

Fire Engines

Nil