Maritime Traffic. Kribi Deep Sea Port, an Asset for Cameroon

The construction of this modern port with a vast capacity has make Cameroon a hub of maritime traffic in the Central African Region.

Cynthia EFOPA

Before the year 2014, the seaport of Douala was the lone sea port in Cameroon. It was the lone export and import seaway that served not only Cameroon but landlocked countries like Tchad and the Central African Republic. This made it predisposed to high maritime traffic and congestion that often obliged maritime authorities to take additional measures to safe guard goods.  To free the Douala seaport, of the high maritime traffic and lessen the capacity of goods just to its potential, the Head of State, President Paul Biya on August 8, 2011 laid the foundation stone of the Kribi deep seaport with the objective to boost the country’s ambitions of enhancing trade with neighboring nations, unlocking the country’s mining potentials given that iron ore, bauxite and other minerals are exploited in the South East of the country and to favor Cameroons vision of reaching the point of emergence by 2035.

At the completion of work on the sea port, the first big ship docked at the port on March 2, 2018, with over 8500 goods to match a start of economic activities. In the meantime, traffic has increased, expanded and has been modernized. The capital intensive infrastructure has created the influx of people and has favored the rapid development of the town of kribi, as new buildings are emerging like mushrooms daily. The major structure has created job opportunities, it has employed more than 340 workers. This has gone a long way to better the lives of families taking into consideration the multiplier effect. According to the Director of the Seaport, since it went operational on March 2, 2018, more than 2billions have been collected.

The kribi deep sea port has a capacity of docking vessels of up to 100.000t. Its 16m deep draught outscores that of Douala.  The port presents up-to-date characteristics. It is equipped with a 362 meter long container berth of 50.000 dead weight tonnage-dwt, a breakwater of 120 meter long, a 6.5km long quay, a hydro carbon berths and 20 terminals. The project that was financed by the EXIM Bank of China is a real asset in generating income for Cameroon as it can accommodate vessels of groundbreaking range. Hence, the Port of Kribi has adopted an information system that enable all users to have real time relevant information in a bid to optimize free traffic of vessels and cargoes.

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